New-York based Irish novelist Colum McCann has won the world’s richest literary award for his novel Let the Great World Spin.
McCann beat nine other nominees to become the second Irish author to win the €100,000 International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Let the Great World Spin uses Philippe Petit’s famous high-wire crossing between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in 1974 as a motif around which to assemble the stories of 10 New York characters.
The novel, which won the coveted National Book award in 2009, was described by the Impac judging panel as a “remarkable literary work”. “[It is] a genuinely 21st century novel that speaks to its time but is not enslaved by it.
Loved everything about this book.