László Krasznahorkai accepts the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. Photo:Getty/Stuart C Wilson
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LISTEN: László Krasznahorkai's acceptance speech for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize

"I'd like to thank Jimi Hendrix."

László Krasznahorkai, the acclaimed Hungarian novelist and screenwriter, gave an extraordianry speech last night after winning the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. He told the audience at the award ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London:

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a big surprise for me. But sure as sure, I have written something. [Laughter] Because my English is not so good, and I cannot improvise. Ladies and gentlemen thank you, thank you jury, and my thanks to you - the reader. 

The list of thanks that follows is strange, witty and heartfelt, including:

To Max Sebald, the marvellous writer and friend, who is no longer among the ranks of the living, as he gazed for too long at one single blade of grass in the meadow.

You can listen to his full speech below:

 

Krasznahorkai gave similarly enigmatic answers to the press after the awards:

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Harry Potter Week

Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter.

Do you know what day it is? Today is Monday 26 June 2017 – which means it’s 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in the UK. That’s two decades of knowing and loving Harry Potter.

Here at the New Statesman, a solid 90 per cent of the online staff live and breathe Harry Potter. So we thought now would be the perfect time to run a week of Potter-themed articles. We’ve got a mix of personal reflections, very (very) geeky analysis, cultural criticism, nostalgia, and some truly bizarre fan fiction. You have been warned. 

See below for the full list, which will be updated throughout the week:

Jonn Elledge and the Young Hagrid Audition

Anna Leszkiewicz is a pop culture writer at the New Statesman.

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