Posted on May 24, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Two original languages — Bulgarian and Catalan — made it to the International Booker Prize shortlist for the first time.

And now one has won the grand prize of £50,000 ($60,800), to be split evenly between the author and the translator.

That honor goes to author Georgi Gospodinov and translator Angela Rodel for their work on Time Shelter.

The novel imagines a world where a promising treatment for Alzheimer's becomes an enticing refuge for healthy people.

Booker judge Leïla Slimani praised Time Shelter as brilliant and full of both irony and melancholy; she also described it as "a great novel about Europe, a continent in need of a future, where the past is reinvented and nostalgia is a poison."

Time Shelter, which topped the charts in its original country, is Gospodinov’s fourth book to be translated into English.

Read more about Time Shelter and its International Booker win in the Guardian.

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