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Israeli author David Grossman has won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel "A Horse Walks Into a Bar."
The award was announced Wednesday in London. Grossman beat out five other finalists, including fellow Israeli author Amos Oz for the counterpart to Britain's prestigious Booker Prize. Grossman's novel is about a failing stand-up comic and his final performance.
The prize was previously a career honour but changed last year to recognise a single book in a bid to increase the profile of international fiction in English-speaking countries.
Last year the prize was awarded to "The Vegetarian" by South Korea's Han Kang.