George Saunders' 'Tenth of December' Wins 1st Folio Prize

Publish Date : Tuesday 11 March 2014 - 15:18
American writer George Saunders has won the £40,000 pound Folio Prize for literature with his humorous and disturbing short-story collection'Tenth of December.'
George Saunders
IBNA: The chair of the judging panel, British poet Lavinia Greenlaw, said Monday that Saunders' "darkly playful" stories explore "the human self under ordinary and extraordinary pressure."

Saunders edged out esteemed Canadian poet Anne Carson, who was up for 'Red Doc', which mixes poetry, drama and narrative. 

The other finalists for the inaugural prize included Americans Amity Gaige for 'Schroder'; Kent Haruf for 'Benediction'; Rachel Kushner for 'The Flame Throwers' and Sergio De La Pava for 'A Naked Singularity'.

The Britain-based finalists were Jane Gardam for 'Last Friends' and Eimear McBride for 'A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing'.

Saunders has won acclaim for his satirically edged short stories, and last week won the Story Prize for short fiction, worth $20,000 US. Carson's previous honours include the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry and the Griffin Poetry Prize. 

The judging panel considered a total of 80 books.

The award, which is sponsored by The Folio Society, hopes to rival the Man Booker Prize as the English-speaking world's most prestigious literary award. It is open to any book published in Britain in the previous year, which has led some in the U.K. literary world to fear it will become U.S.-dominated.
Story Code: 196740