Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The 2017 Man Booker shortlist


Ali Smith

The Short List is short and very interesting. I read Autumn by Ali Smith in one sitting. It's  a mesmerizing novel in which post Brexit malaise hovers in the background.   I have also read works by both George Saunders and Paul Auster but not those on the list.  Saunders and Auster are both Americans as is Emily Fridlund. Her book, History of Wolves is set in the woods of Northern Minnesota. I have to read it! And soon. The others will fall into my hands sooner or later. Until 2014, The Man Booker prize was open only to writers from the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Since then it is available to any author who writes in English and whose book is published  in the UK. 

4321 by Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (JM Originals, John Murray)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury)
Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

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