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Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood make it into the Booker Prize shortlist

Last updated on September 3, 2019

Salman Rushdie’s most up-to-date publication’Quichotte’ was short-listed for its 2019 variant of this Man Booker Prize. Rushdie who’d won the 1981 Booker Prize for’Midnight’s Children’, was shortlisted alongside Margaret Atwood and four other authors, as declared by the committee on Tuesday.

Margaret Atwood, who had been nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 1986, was shortlisted again for’The Testaments’, that will be a sequel to her 1986 Booker Prize shortlisted job,’The Handmaid’s Tale’.

Lucy Ellmann, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma and Elif Shafak would be the other authors whose novels are from the short-list. Chigozie Obioma was shortlisted before for the 2015 variant of this Man Booker because of his debut book’The Fishermen’.

Announcing the shortlist, seat of judges Peter Florence, stated:”Like most excellent literature, these publications teem with life, with a deep and celebratory mankind. The frequent thread is our respect to the extraordinary vision of every one of those novels. There’s a plethora of humor, of cultural and political participation, of stylistic fearless and amazing beauty of speech.”

“Anybody who reads six of those books could be enriched and thrilled, could be awe-struck from the power of narrative, and supported by what literature can do in order to set our imaginations free,” he added.

The 2019 winner will be announced on October 14 in an awards ceremony in London’s Guildhall and will be broadcasted live on BBC. The shortlisted writers each get #2,500 plus a specially bound edition of the publication, although the winner will be given a further #50,000.

Here’s that the 2019 Inspection (by nationality and writer ):

Bernardine Evaristo (UK), Girl, Woman, Additional (Hamish Hamilton)

Salman Rushdie (UK/India), Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)

Elif Shafak (Turkey/UK), 10 Minutes 38 Seconds Within This Strange World (Viking)