Stand-up novel nominated for Booker Prize | A Horse Walks Into A Bar describes comic's breakdown

Stand-up novel nominated for Booker Prize

A Horse Walks Into A Bar describes comic's breakdown

A novel based on a single fictional stand-up set has been nominated for this year's Man Booker International Prize.

David Grossman's A Horse Walks Into a Bar describes an Israeli stand-up comic having a meltdown on stage over a two-hour show.

The other shortlisted novels are Mathias Enard’s Compass, Roy Jacobsen’s The Unseen, Dorthe Nors’s Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, Amos Oz’s Judas and Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream.

The winner will be announced on June 14 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, with the £50,000 prize being divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. 

A Horse Walks Into A Bar was translated by Jessica Cohen.

Read our review of the book here, or click here to buy it.

Published: 21 Apr 2017

What do you think?

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.