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Judges of the Booker Prize have reduced the books, still considered for the prestigious literary prize, from 151 submissions to just six finalists. The shortlist, released on Tuesday, features two former winners and one that came very close: Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, who won in 2000 and 1981 respectively, and 2015 finalist Chigozie Obioma.
This trio of marquee names is joined by Elif Safak, one of Turkey's best-known living writers; Illinois-born Lucy Ellmann lives in Scotland today. and Bernardine Evaristo from London.
Booker Prize Shortlist
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
- Ducks, Newburypor t Lucy Ellmann
- Girl, Woman, Other
- by Bernardine Evaristo
- A Minority Orchestra by Chigozie Obioma
- Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
- 10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world by Elif Shafak 19659025] "There is a wealth of humor, political and cultural engagement As with any great literature, these books are bursting with life, with a profound and solemn humanity, "said Peter Florence, chairman of The Jury of the Year 2019, in a written statement released on Tuesday.
"Anyone who reads all six of these books would be enriched and delighted, would be impressed by the power of history and encouraged by what the literature can do to set them our ideas are free," he added.
A Title Readers may immediately rush to the shortlist: Atwoods The Testaments the highly anticipated sequel to their multi-year bestseller and syllabus, The Handmaid's Tale . This novel earned its place on Booker's 1986 Shortlist upon its release, and its recent streaming TV adaptation has become a stand-alone favorite, with the dystopian sequel, "it's rising."
"It's a strange pleasure to know the secret of the publishing juggernaut, which is the wills and an exquisite ordeal to be unable to share it," he said. "So that: It's a wild and beautiful novel that speaks to us today with conviction and power." The novel will be released on 10th September.
Rushdie's Quichotte as Atwood's latest book, represents something of a return to familiar characters – though unlike ] The Testaments Quichotte rethink a story of another author from four centuries, Miguel de Cervantes & # 39; Don Quixote .
According to Florence.
"If you want to see one of the greatest works of European literature, which is often called the largest in the world, then you better make sure you can play at Cervantes level," he said. "They should expand the boundaries of fiction and satire, re-imagine romance and fantasy, and say something about the contemporary world with all its delusions and heroisms." They should provide maximalist entertainment. " 19659035] Obioma, born in Nigeria, now lives in the USA. An orchestra of minorities represents both his second engagement and his second time as a booker finalist. Earlier this year, he told Scott Simon of NPR that his latest novel, a love story with Igbo folklore, was his attempt to "develop something cosmological" and a more challenging one.
"It was very difficult, it meant a lot of research, up to actual viewing of sanctuaries and interviews with the last followers of Odinani, the Igbo religion, now that most Africans have either converted to Christianity or to Islam "Obioma said, adding that his novel necessarily remains" very Western "]" But I wanted to explore, can you write a novel that does not conform to Western tradition, can you write a novel in which the character is probably half When you have time to decide and have metaphysical powers Duel yourself to negotiate the character's life So, in a sense, it's probably an unknown area, I say. "
Well, if Ellmann won, Booker would are in unknown territory, too. Her Ducks, Newbury Port was the longest novel in the 50-year history of the prize, at nearly 1,000 pages. Only the 832-page winner of 2013 The Luminaries is approaching.
Judge Joanna MacGregor said that while Ellmann's novel was "provocatively epic," her story of an Ohio housewife still flows with blinding ease and speed. "
" Lucy Ellmann has written a genre-hostile novel, a stream of modern life and a hymn of loss and sadness. Their creativity and stubbornness make demands on the reader, "said MacGregor," but Ellmann's daring is intoxicating – as well as the wit, humanity, and survival of her unforgettable narrator. "
Meanwhile, Shafak's is 10 minutes 38 seconds in This strange world is the first entry in her productive work, almost a dozen novels written in Turkish and English at the age of 47 – to attract the attention of Booker judges. Wife, Other also received the first such nod for Evaristo, a London-born writer of Nigerian descent.
Booker Judges will announce the name of the winner – and recipient of approximately $ 60,000 – in London am October 14th