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Mohsin Hamid in Man Booker Shortlist, Arundhati Roy Out of Race

The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 17 in London’s Guildhall.

Exit West, 4321

Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West and Paul Auster’s 4321. Credit: Amazon

The shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize was announced earlier today, with Paul Auster’s 4321, Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves, Pakistani-UK writer Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Fiona Mozley’s Elmet, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo and Ali Smith’s Autumn making the cut. The winner will be announced on October 17.

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

Arundhati Roy, who had been longlisted for the prize in July for her latest novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, failed to find a place in the shortlist.

Man Booker shortlist 2017

Fiona Mozley, Emily Fridlund, Ali Smith (top, L-R), Mohsin Hamid, George Saunders and Paul Auster (bottom, L-R). Credit: Twitter, Youtube, Penguin, Wikimedia Commons

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness novel was considered among the top competitors for the race and was earlier described as a “significant” work of fiction. Widely hailed by international critics, Roy’s novel was thought to be a sure-name in the short list. Roy has previously won the award in 1997 for debut novel, The God of Small Things.

Fridlund and Mozley have been nominated for their debut novels and are competing with well-known authors Auster and Saunders. Hamid’s Exit West is a love story set in a world where refugees use wormholes to travel from city to city.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 17 in London’s Guildhall, where the winner will take home a £50,000 (Rs 41 lakh) prize. The previous Man Booker winner was Paul Beatty for The Sellout.

(With IANS inputs)