In what appears to be another major success for the American literati, three American writers take over the shortlist of this year’s edition of the Man Booker Prize. Readers would recall that since the £50, 000 Prize was opened up to writers from the US in 2014 and not just writers published in the UK, American authors have shown lots of promise, with Paul Beatty, an American author winning it last year with her masterpiece titled, The Sellout.
The shortlist of six which was announced on Wednesday, the 13th of September has the following authors in it:
Autumn by Ali Smith – published by Hamish Hamilton
Elmet by Fiona Mozley – published by JM Originals, John Murray
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – published by Hamish Hamilton
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund – published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – published by Bloomsbury
4321 by Paul Auster – published by Faber & Faber
This year’s shortlist also features two new writers, American Emily Fridlund and British debut novelist Fiona Mozley shortlisted for Elmet. The judging panel, chaired by Lola Young described the shortlisted works as ‘unique and intrepid books that collectively push against the borders of convention’. But while we rejoice with the shortlisted authors, some of us feel sad that Arundhathi Roy’s most awaited and loved novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness published twenty years after her stunning debut, The God of Small Things which won the Booker Prize in 1997 did not make it into the shortlist. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness which has attracted rejection from some anti-caste activists is a book worth its onion, dealing with class and caste in India, and politics between India and Kashmir.
While we await the announcement of the winner on October 17th 2017, we congratulate those on the shortlist and wish them all the best of luck.