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US author George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

American author George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”.

With this, he became second consecutive American writer to win prize after Paul Beatty (for his novel The Sellout), after rules were changed in 2014 to allow authors of any book written in English and published in UK to compete.

Lincoln in the Bardo

It is set in 1862, a year into the American Civil war. It is a blend of historical accounts and imaginative fiction, which sees Lincoln’s son Willie, who died in the White House at tender age of 11, in Bardo, a Tibetan form of purgatory.

George Saunders

He is American writer of short stories, novellas, essays, children’s books and a novel. He is professor at Syracuse University. He has won National Magazine Award for fiction in 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2004 and Henry Awards in 1997.

His first story collection, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, was a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Hemingway Award. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006 and also won World Fantasy Award same year for his short story “CommComm”. In 2013, he had won PEN/Malamud Award. His Tenth of December: Stories won 2013 Story Prize for short-story collections and inaugural (2014) Folio Prize.

Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize world’s most prestigious English-language literary award. It was launched in 1969 and presented by the Man Group. It aims at promoting the finest literary work in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. It carries cash prize of 50,000 pounds. The authors are shortlisted by judges from a wide range of disciplines and all with a passion for quality fiction.

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Paul Beatty wins 2016 Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty (54) has won the 2016 Man Booker Prize. With this he becomes the first US author to win this prestigious literary award.

He was bestowed with this award for his racial satirical novel ‘The Sellout’ at a ceremony held in London’s Guildhall. His novel tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles.

About Paul Beatty

  • He was born in Los Angeles in 1962.
  • He had received an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and an MA in psychology from Boston University.
  • His novels are The White Boy Shuffle (1996), Tuff (2000), Slumberland (2008) and The Sellout (2015).
  • In 2016, he was bestowed with the National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction) for his novel The Sellout.

About Man Booker Prize

  • The Man Booker Prize world’s most prestigious English-language literary award. It was launched in 1969 and presented by the Man Group.
  • The award aims at promoting the finest literary work in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.
  • It carries cash prize of 50,000 pounds. The authors are shortlisted by judges from a wide range of disciplines and all with a passion for quality fiction.
  • The 2015 Man Booker Prize was conferred on Jamaican author Marlon James for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings.

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