LONDON – Anna Burns won Tuesday's prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with "Milkman", a vivid, violent story about men, women, conflict and power during the Northern Irish years of Catholic-Protestant violence
Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the $ 50,000 prize, which is open to English authors worldwide, and received her Camilla Duchess of Cornwall trophy during a Black Tie ceremony in London's medieval Guildhall
"Milkman" is narrated by a young woman who deals with an older man, the familiä Relationships, social pressure and political loyalty use weapons of sexual coercion and harassment. Playing in the 1970s, it was released during the global outbreak of sexual misconduct that triggered the "Me Too" movement.
"I think this novel will help people to think about me, and I like novels That helps people reflect on current movements and challenges," said philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, who led the jury. "But we think it will take time – it's not just something happening right now.
" I think it's a very powerful novel about the damage and the danger of rumors, "he added.
Burns struck five other novelists, including the favorites of bookmakers: the tree-centric eco-epic "The Overstory" by American writer Richard Powers and "Washington Black" by Canadian writer Esi Edugyan, The Story of a Slave Who's Out in Hot Air a sugar plantation fled balloon
The other finalists were US romance Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room in a women's prison, Robin Robertson's The Long Take, a verse novel about a traumatized D-Day veteran, and the 27-year-old British author Daisy Johnson's "Everything Under" family saga inspired by the Greek tragedy
Founded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize was originally for British, Irish and C ommonwealth authors open. Americans have been eligible since 2014, and there were two American winners – Paul Beatty's "The Sellout" in 2016 and George Saunders's "Lincoln in the Bardo" in 2017.
A third American winner in a row would have been revived under some fears Let British authors and publishers know that the price is centered around US. But Appiah said neither the nationality nor the gender of the authors was a factor in the judges' considerations about the shortlist of four female authors and two men.
"If we had pushed one of the men on the list," I'm not the best, I did not say, "No, we'll get into trouble for that," "more than if we did." "We have chosen the one who deserves the prize."
The Man Booker is reputed to change the writers' career and the one who comes out of the field Beating other finalists is always the subject of intense speculation and buoyant bets, with previous winners including Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Arundhati Roy and Hilary Mantel.
It's likely to bring a big boost to Burns, who is 56 years old and published two earlier novels, but hardly a household name is 19659014] "Milkman" appears on the printed page as a continuous stream with few paragraph marks, which has led some to them as experimental and out demanding to call. But Appiah said the vibrant, distinctive Belfast language in Burns's book was "really worth a taste."
"If you have difficulties, try to read aloud," he said. "The pleasure of it really has to do with the way it sounds.
" It's challenging in the way Mount Snowdon is challenging. It's definitely worth it, because the view is terrific when you come to the top.
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