The Man Booker Prize announces shortlist for 2017

Paul Beatty the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout.     PA
Paul Beatty the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout. PA
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13 September, 2017

The other two United States authors are Paul Auster for 4321, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and civil rights movement, and Emily Fridlund for History Of Wolves, which explores "the effects of neglectful parenting" and the repercussions of childhood isolation and loneliness.

Hamid will be contending for the Man Booker Prize against five other finalists: Paul Auster's 4321, Emily Fridlund's History of Wolves, Fiona Mozley's Elmet, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo and Ali Smith's Autumn.

The Man Booker shortlist has been announced - with a debut novel by a British writer making the cut.

The panel of judges narrowed down the shortlist to 6 titles from a longlist of 13 that was announced on July 27.

The 2017 victor will be announced on Tuesday 17 October in London's Guildhall.

British author Ali Smith makes the shortlist for the fourth time with Autumn, while British-Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid makes his second appearance with Exit West.

American heavyweights Paul Auster and George Saunders are to go head to head on the Man Booker prize shortlist, as major names from British fiction fall by the wayside.

Shamsi took to Twitter to felicitate Hamid on the shortlisting.

Also left out were favourites such as Zadie Smith, Sebastian Barry and Colson Whitehead, whose speculative slavery narrative The Underground Railroad won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction earlier this year.

"Playful, sincere, unsettling, fierce: Here is a group of novels grown from tradition but also radical and contemporary", she added.

He has written four novels, Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations.

The £50,000 prize was opened up to United States writers three years ago, and was won last year by American novelist Paul Beatty for The Sellout.

Speaking at the event, judge and literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh said, "I really like what they do, 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".


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