US writer favourite as six novels shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

LONDON (dpa)- US writer George Saunders is the early favourite after his book "Lincoln in the Bardo" was among six novels shortlisted on Wednesday for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction.
The shortlist for the 50,000-pound (65,000-dollar) prize includes three US, one Pakistani-British and two British writers.
The novels, chosen from 144 submissions, cover subjects ranging from personal grief to religious bigotry and Europe's refugee crisis.

"All of the six books are remarkable, and mostly they're daring, and I love what they do with literature," said one the judges, literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh.
"They are really trying to push the boundaries of what it means to be a novel and what the novel says about the world as it is today," she said.
Saunders is the favourite with bookmakers Ladbrokes, followed by Fiona Mozley with "Elmet," about a family on the fringes of society in rural England, and Moshin Hamid for "Exit West," his magical realist novel about two refugees.
The other shortlisted works are Ali Smith's "Autumn," Emily Fridlund's "History of Wolves" and Paul Auster's "4 3 2 1."
Set in a cemetery, Saunders' novel portrays 19th-century US president Abraham Lincoln grieving for his dead son.
Saunders told the Man Booker organizers that he saw grief as a "great leveller" between people.
He said his novel shows Lincoln "growing as a human being with every passing month and incorporating the reality of his loss into his expanding philosophical, political, and spiritual views."
The winner of the prize will be announced on October 17.

Sunday, September 17th 2017

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