Polish writer receives prestigious French literary award

Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk and translator Maryla Laurent were awarded the Laure-Bataillon Prize, France's most prestigious literary award for translations, Poland's Book Institute announced on Tuesday.

The award was presented for the work “The Books of Jacob”, to both the writer and translator, in the category of “the best foreign-language book translated into French last year.”

“The Books of Jacob” was published in Poland in 2014 and in France in 2018. This is the latest international award for Ms Tokarczuk, who won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her novel “Flights”, the first Polish writer to do so. She was also nominated for the 2019 Booker Prize for the novel “Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead”.

“The Books of Jacob” is also among the works nominated for the Prix Femina, a French literary award, in the Foreign Literature category. The winners will be announced in November.

Ms Tokarczuk is a bestselling author in Poland. She has written several novels and two collections of short stories, which has brought her various accolades. She earned a degree in psychology after graduating from the University of Warsaw.