Published on Submitted by Natalie on Wed, 2011-03-30 11:23
Following the announcement of the thirteen finalists of the Man Booker International Prize 2011, announced in Sydney, Australia this morning (10.30 Australia EST; 00.30 BST), literary agents, Curtis Brown, have issued the following statement on behalf of John le Carré:
"I am enormously flattered to be named as a finalist of 2011 Man Booker International Prize. However I do not compete for literary prizes and have therefore asked for my name to be withdrawn."
Rick Gekoski, Chair of the Man Booker International Prize 2011 judges comments in response:
"John le Carré's name will, of course, remain on the list. We are disappointed that he wants to withdraw from further consideration because we are great admirers of his work."
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