Source : Times of India
The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize was just revealed and it has three authors from the UK, two from the US and one Canadian writer. 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.
Among the six shortlisted, three of them — Burns, Johnson and Robertson are from the UK, whereas two, Kushner and Powers, are from America. Edugyan is a Canadian author. The shortlist gives Penguin Random House
three of the six chosen titles.
At 27, British author Daisy Johnson has become the youngest writer to ever be shortlisted for the Man Booker.
The much-talked about graphic novel Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina, unfortunately, could not make the shortlist and neither did twotime Booker winner Michael Ondaatje. Previously, Ondaatje had won the Man Booker in 1992 for his novel The English Patient. Earlier this year, Ondaatje again won the Golden Man Booker, commemorating the Prize’s 50th anniversary, for the same book.
Kwame Anthony Appiah, chair of judges, said, “All of our six finalists are miracles of stylistic invention. In each of them the language takes centre stage. And yet in every other respect they are remarkably diverse, exploring a multitude of subjects ranging across space and time.”
Alongside Appiah, the judging panel includes crime writer Val McDermid, feminist writer Jacqueline Rose, cultural critic Leo Robson, and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton, who is also known for being an artist.
A prize money of £2,500 is awarded to each of the shortlisted authors, along with a specially bound edition of their book. The 2018 Man Booker Prize winner will be announced on October 16 in Guildhall, London.