Mohsin Hamid nominated for Man Booker prize

Mohsin Hamid nominated for Man Booker prize

They range from 29-year-old first novelist Fiona Mozley to 70-year old NY icon Paul Auster. The 70-year-old, nominated for '4321', is up against two other Americans - short story writer George Saunders, for his first full-length novel 'Lincoln in the Bardo', and debut writer Emily Fridlund with 'History of Wolves'.

"With six unique and intrepid books that collectively push against the borders of convention, this year's shortlist both acknowledges established authors and introduces new voices to the literary stage", said Young.

This year's shortlist is made up of two British authors, three American and one British-Pakistani writer. "The emotional, cultural, political and intellectual range of these books is remarkable, and the ways in which they challenge our thinking is a testament to the power of literature".

Hamid is shortlisted for 'Exit West'.

The competition is judged by Baroness Lola Young (Chair), Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips and Colin Thubron.

Saunders's novel is set in a Washington graveyard in 1862, where President Abraham Lincoln visits the body of his 11-year-old son, and is among several innovative works on the shortlist.

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Half of the authors on the six-strong shortlist hail from the U.S. and the other half from the UK.

Arundhati Roy, who won the 1997 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The God of Small Things, has failed to make it to the short-list for the prize's 2017 edition though her second novel, The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness, was on the long-list. The list represents a celebration of exceptional literary talent, ranging from established novelists to debut writers, that we are honoured to support.

The victor will be announced on Oct 17, and will receive £50,000 ($89,295). The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC. Each of the shortlisted authors will be awarded £2,500. Its first American victor was Paul Beatty's "The Sellout" in 2016. The victor will receive a further £50,000 and can expect global recognition.

The Man Booker Prize just announced the shortlist for 2017 and it seems that there are quite a few hits and misses. The majority of this year's shortlist is already available for readers in these formats.

The change spurred fears among some British writers and publishers that it would bring USA dominance to a prize whose previous winners include Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel.

Earlier, his acclaimed novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, was also shortlisted for the prize in 2007.

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