Philip Roth, the American author whose career spans 50 years and includes a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and the controversial novel Portnoy's Complaint, was awarded the $100,000 Man Booker Prize on Wednesday in Sydney.
The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years to a living writer for overall contribution to fiction. It is connected to but separate from the better-known Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which is awarded each year for a specific book.
Roth beat 12 other short-listed authors, including Britain's John le Carre, Australia's David Malouf and Canadian Rohinton Mistry.
Mistry, who emigrated to Canada from India in 1975, is the author of three novels, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.
Such a Long Journey (1991) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Governer General's Award. A Fine Balance (1996) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Giller Prize. Family Matters (2002) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2002.
The prize will be officially presented at a dinner in London in June.