The winner of the 2021 International Booker Prize, announced today, is a work of genre interest —
- At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop, translated from French by Anna Mocschovakis (Pushkin Press)
The £50,000 prize will be split between David Diop and Anna Moschovakis, giving the author and translator equal recognition.
Born in 1966 in Paris, David Diop is the first French author to win the International Booker Prize. Raised in Senegal, he now lives in France, where he is a professor of 18th-century literature at the University of Pau. At Night All Blood is Black is Diop’s second novel. The French edition of the novel, Frère d’âme, received the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in 2018.
The jury was Lucy Hughes-Hallett (chair); Aida Edemariam; Neel Mukherjee; Olivette Otele; and George Szirtes.