Shehan Karunatilaka’s Booker winning novel is a black comedy about the afterlife, a murder mystery, and a political satire set against the violent backdrop of the late-1980s Sri Lankan civil war.
Damon Galgut at a photocall for this year’s Booker Prize in London.
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Will white South Africa ever give up part of its privilege? This is the contentious issue at the heart Damon Galgut’s Booker Prize-winning novel.
Agricultural land and mountains alongside the railway line from Cape Town to Pretoria, South Africa.
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Damon Galgut joins a distinguished line of South African authors, who are grappling with the complex dynamics of the country’s white community in their writing.
Abdulrazak Gurnah during the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017.
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The power in Gurnah’s writing lies in his ability to complicate the Manichean divisions of enemies and friends.
Portrait de l'écrivain franco-sénégalais David Diop dont le roman a remporté le.
prix international Booker 2021.
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Le roman de l'auteur franco-sénégalais, intitulé Frère d’âme (traduit en anglais par At Night All Blood is Black) est l'histoire poignante et marquante, sur le plan politique, d'un soldat sénégalais.
Portrait of French-Senegalese author David Diop whose novel has won the 2021 International Booker prize.
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The French-Senegalese author’s novel At Night All Blood is Black is a harrowing and politically profound story of a Senegalese soldier fighting for the French in the first World War.
Douglas Stuart, author of the Booker prize-winning Shuggie Bain.
The story of child poverty in 1980s Glasgow speaks to current concerns across the UK.
Only three non-English UK-based authors have ever won the Booker prize. And all three of them were published by London presses.
Teresa Wong’s ‘Dear Scarlet,’ Jeff Lemire’s ‘Essex County,’ and recently nominated for a 2020 Canadian literary prize, Seth’s ‘Clyde Fans.’
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Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize didn’t shortlist a graphic novel, but are we surprised? The slow but increasing acceptance of graphic novels suggests the glacial pace at which literary canons grow.
SIngapore Grip: the final book in JG Farrell’s Empire Trilogy.
The writer was drowned at the age of 44, but he left three novels which have come to represent the decline of the British Empire.
Top selection: the 2020 Booker Prize longlist.
The Booker Prize has always struggled with inclusivity.
Two brilliant novels, two deserving writers. Sometimes you need to have two prizes.
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What was a thoroughly English book has become a multilingual, ever-changing global text continually putting down roots in different cultures.
Writing is a solitary art. But authors shortlisted for the Booker Prize have to perform in public. Here’s how this year’s crop fared.
Illustration from NickDrnaso’s Sabrina.
Graphic novels have a long history and are becoming an ever-more popular way of bringing profound and complex stories to life.
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The Booker Prize is 50 – and to celebrate it, there’s a mega prize.
The ability to speak more than one language informs many writers of fiction, but analysis of Booker Prize shortlists suggests this is not so important any more.
The Booker Prize jury has done us a favour by drawing attention to this book.
The newfound celebrity.
Some advice to Man Booker winner Paul Beatty on how to cope with his newfound fame.
A wax model of Ernest Hemingway at Madame Tussauds in New York.
Bob Dylan is now a literary celebrity. And next week, the Booker Prize judges will anoint another. The tag is still chiefly attached to men but women authors shouldn’t despair: fame and good writing can be uneasy bedfellows.