Northern Irish author Anna Burns shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

22 Septembre, 2018, 07:05 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • The judging panel of the Man Booker Prize Val McDermid Leanne Shapton Kwame Anthony Appiah Jacqueline Rose and Leo Robson with the shortlisted books

"Washington Black" follows the saga of an 11-year-old boy who escapes slavery at a Barbados sugar plantation with the help of the owner's kinder brother. The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize comprises of Anna Burns' Milkman, Esi Edugyan's Washington Black, Daisy Johnson's Everything Under, Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room, Richard Powers' The Overstory, and Robin Robertson's The Long Take.

"We occasionally felt that inside the book we read was a better one - sometimes a thinner one - wildly signalling to be let out", said Kwame Anthony Appiah, chairman of the judges.

Others chosen for the Man Booker short list include two first novels: United Kingdom poet Robin Robertson's verse novel "The Long Take" and "Everything Under" by British writer Daisy Johnson. "In each of them the language takes centre stage".

Calgary-born novelist Esi Edugyan's "Washington Black" has been named as a finalist for the Man Booker Prize for fiction.

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On the novel, one of the judges, Val McDermid, said in the announcement of the shortlist that "the single word that sums up this beautifully written debut novel is "fluidity". From Ireland to California, in Barbados and the Arctic, they inhabit worlds that not everyone will have been to, but which we can all be enriched by getting to know. "But there are also in each of them moments of hope". The prize went to English writer Julian Barnes' novel "The Sense of an Ending". The Man Booker Prize judges feel your pain.

The judges responded to the inclusion of non-UK authors with chair Appiah saying they "do not check writers" passports' but simply read the books. "Man Group is proud to support such a prestigious award and I would like to congratulate this exceptional group of authors".

The victor of the 50,000 pound (C$85,500) prize will be announced on October 16 during a black-tie dinner at London's Guildhall.

The shortlisted authors each receive 2,500 pounds and a specially-bound edition of their book. The victor receives a further £50,000. Its list of winners includes numerous giants of the last four decades, including Indian-origin writers such as Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Aravind Adiga.

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