Parity for the finalists of the prestigious Booker Prize

Three men and three women, including American first-time novelist Patricia Lockwood, were selected for the Booker Prize, a prestigious British literary prize to be awarded on November 3, the jury announced on Tuesday.

Patricia Lockwood, nominated for No One is talking About This, who puts the tragedy of a lifetime in the face of the “absurdity” of social networks, will face two other American authors: Richard Powers (Bewilderment, in which an astrobiologist escapes to fantastic worlds as he helps his troubled son) and Maggie Shipstead (Great Circle, which takes readers along the intertwined journeys of an aviator of the XXe century and a Hollywood star of the XXIe century).

South African Damon Galgut (The Promise, devoted to the heartbreak of a white family in post-apartheid Pretoria) is in the final for the third time, Richard Powers for the second time.

The other finalists are Sri Lankan writer Anuk Arudpragasam (A passage North, which evokes trauma and memories of the civil war in Sri Lanka), British-Somali woman Nadifa Mohamed (The Fortune Men, on a Somali man wrongly convicted of the murder of a woman in Wales in 1952).

These six works were selected by the five jurors from 158 novels published in the United Kingdom or Ireland between the 1is October 2020 and September 30, 2021, selection which had been reduced to 13 books at the end of July.

“With so many clever and ambitious books in front of us, the jurors have engaged in rich discussions not only about the qualities of each title, but often about the purpose of the fiction itself,” the statement said in a statement. president of the jury, historian Maya Jasanoff. “Perhaps rightly for our time, these novels share an interest in how individuals are both animated and constrained by forces greater than themselves,” she added.

British author of Japanese origin Kazuo Ishiguro (Klara And The Sun), 66, who won the Booker Prize in 1989 and the Nobel for Literature in 2017, was not selected for the final.

Last year, the prize was awarded to the Scotsman Douglas Stuart for his first novel Shuggie Bath, which takes place in a working-class family in Glasgow struggling with alcoholism and poverty in the 1980s.

As part of the Booker Prize, a reward of 50,000 pounds (around 55,000 euros [82 500 dollars canadiens]) and the assurance of international renown synonymous with success in bookstores.

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