Show Hide image Books 20 May 2015 LISTEN: László Krasznahorkai's acceptance speech for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize "I'd like to thank Jimi Hendrix." Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML 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: listen to ‘László Krasznahorkai accepts the 2015 Man Booker International Prize’ on audioBoom Krasznahorkai gave similarly enigmatic answers to the press after the awards: Best author interview ever pic.twitter.com/Zual52OtQ6 — Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) May 20, 2015 › In today’s Burundi, neutrality is the best way to survive Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles How Wilson "Wicked" Pickett was his own worst enemy The hidden history of Catholics in Britain From white trash to the whitelash: what do white people want?