Powers is a finalist for her novel “Bewildrement” about a widowed fortune teller struggling to care for her son; for Shipstead”great circle, “An epic about a woman who dedicates her life to flying and a Hollywood actress ready to play her on screen; and to Lockwood”no one is talking about this,” her first novel is partially written in Internet Speak.
Other authors and books to make the shortlist are Anuk Arudpragasam, announced at an online news conference on Tuesday.one way north, “about the death of a caregiver in the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war; Nadifa Mohamed for “The Fortune Men” about the abortion of justice in Wales; and Damon Galgut”Promise”, about a white family in post-apartheid South Africa.
When asked Tuesday about the books that failed to shortlist, Maya Jasnoff, historian and chair of the Booker Prize judges, said: “It’s a very difficult process.” “What I can say is that every book is judged on its merits.”
The six shortlisted novels have little in common, but Jasnoff said they all resonated in a year in which many readers were forced to stay at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The novels are steeped, she said – “stories you can be absorbed in, voices that pop up inside your head, which are quite reflective of the experience of reading in lockdown.” He added that many are also attached to death, which “feels quite poignant and prudent in this disastrous year.”
The Booker Prize is awarded each year to the best novel written in English and published in the UK or Ireland. In 2019, Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood shared the prizewhile Douglas Stuart Won last year for “Shugi Ban” His first novel about a gay child with an alcoholic mother in Scotland.
This year the finalists were split equally between women and men. “The Promise” is Galgut’s third book to make the Booker shortlist after “In a Strange Room” in 2010 and “The Good Doctor” in 2003. “Bewildrement” is Powers’ second appearance on the shortlist after being named “The Overstory”. Finalist in 2018.
Three of the finalists are American, and only one is British, which may cause panic in some quarters in the UK. In 2018, writers including Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan Booker Prize Foundation calls for reversal of 2014 ruling Which made any novel written in English and published in Britain eligible for the award. It was previously limited to writers from Britain, Ireland, Zimbabwe and the Commonwealth.
Booker Prize Foundation director Gabby Wood said on Tuesday she did not think it would be appropriate to revert the prize to its old rules, especially since it would be based on the borders of the former Kingdom of Britain. “It just doesn’t seem like a conversation we should have,” she said.
“I find it very remarkable in the 21st century that people are talking about the former British Empire as an appropriate container for thinking about literature,” Jasnoff said.
The judges will now re-read the shortlisted books before deciding on the winner to be announced at a ceremony in London on 3 November. Its author will get 50,000 pounds, or about $ 69,000.
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