With the staggering rise of wealth inequality and the increasing concentration of ideas and access to an audience in the hands of a few, largely elite writers, it’s the voices on the margins that need to be heard.
The Booker Prize jury has done us a favour by drawing attention to a book that tries to forge a unity among opposites in the most surprising ways.
‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ is a fictional account of US President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son.
Beneath the ostensible simplicity in Kazuo Ishiguro’s words lies buried the contours of an emotional volcano waiting to burst open. But Ishiguro never makes that apparent.
The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 17 in London’s Guildhall.
Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is welcome at a time when words such as ‘secularism’ and ‘reservation’ are becoming unwelcome, but the astute storytelling you’d expect is sadly missing.
The 13 titles vying for the literary award showcase a diverse approach to South Asian narratives.
The shortlist will be announced on September 13 and the winner on October 17.
The announcement marks 19 years since Roy’s debut novel, The God of Small Things, took the literary world by storm and won her the Man Booker Prize.
In Middle Passage (1962), V S Naipaul’s account of revisiting the Caribbean, the author is swept up by the voices of its inhabitants. As one taxi driver tells him: “Is only when you live here as long as me that you know the sort of animal it is.” […]
This year’s Man Booker shortlist, just announced, features two Britons, two Americans, one Jamaican and a Nigerian (four men and two women) and has been applauded for its diversity. Some of those considered frontrunners – such as Pulitzer winner Marilynne Robinson and former winner Anne Enright – were overtaken […]