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Nicole Krauss wins Wingate Prize 2022

To Be A Man by Nicole Krauss (Bloosmbury) has won the Wingate Literary Prize 2022. In her first short story collection, Nicole Krauss inhabits a range of narrative voices and explores the themes of memory, sexuality, spirituality and transnational Jewishness. A woman remembers a teenage friend’s toxic relationship with an older man. Another woman visits the apartment of her late father, only to discover a stranger living there. Later in the collection, Krauss allows herself a departure from the strictures of realism, while a story in which New York residents are urged to wear gas masks feels unnervingly prescient.

Now in its 45th year, the annual prize, run in association with community and arts centre JW3, is awarded to the best book, fiction or non-fiction, “to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader." Judges commended Nicole Krauss for a "contemporary and beautiful piece of writing" that is "original in its approach and cohesive as a collection. We particularly admired the fact that the subject matter supported the literature rather than the literature being subordinate to it – a testament to Krauss’s special talent as a writer."

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