Le Carre rejects Man Booker Intl Prize nod

Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:38am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - British author John Le Carre will remain on the shortlist for the biennial Man Booker International Prize despite asking judges to withdraw his name from the list of 13 nominees.

"I am enormously flattered to be named as a finalist of 2011 Man Booker International Prize," said the creator of spy classics including "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

"However, I do not compete for literary prizes and have therefore asked for my name to be withdrawn," the 79-year-old, whose real name is David Cornwell, said in a statement.

But prize organizers said they would ignore his wishes.

"John le Carre's name will, of course, remain on the list," said Rick Gekoski, chair of the Man Booker International Prize 2011 judges.

"We are disappointed that he wants to withdraw from further consideration because we are great admirers of his work."

Also on the nominees' list for the award, the winner of which will be announced in Sydney on May 18, are Philip Roth, Rohinton Mistry and Philip Pullman.

The prize is worth 60,000 pounds ($96,000) to the winner, and living authors whose works of fiction are either originally in English or generally available in English translation are eligible.

It honors a writer's body of work as opposed to the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction which is awarded for a single book.   Continued...

<p>British author John le Carre addresses a news conference at the 51th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 11, 2001. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann</p>