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Salman Rushdie And Margaret Atwood Get Shortlisted Among The Six Writers At Booker Prize, 2019.


The List Consists Of Four Women Joined By Two Men

The shortlist for the Booker Prize 2019 has been done, and it includes six books.  The list contains four women, and two men have joined them too. Margaret Atwood, who is a previous winner, is there. Other names of women include Lucy Ellmann, Bernardine Evaristo, and Elif Shafak. The names of the two authors are, Chigozie Obioma and Salman Rushdie (former winner as well). Their respective countries include Canada, India, Nigeria, Turkey, and the UK. The announcement of the winner will be on October 14. The winning money is €50, 000.

Full List Here

  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
  • Ducks, Lucy Ellmann
  • Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo
  • An Orchestra of Minorities, Chigozie Obioma
  • Quichotte, Salman Rushdie
  • 10 Minutes 38 seconds in This Strange World, Elif Shafak

The jury consists of Peter Florence, Afua Hirsch, Liz Calder, Xialou Guo, and Joanna MacGregor.

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To quote Florence, “The common thread is our admiration for the extraordinary ambition of each book. There is an abundance of political and cultural engagement. Like all great literature, these books term with life with profound and celebratory humanity.”

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Atwood And Rushdie Are The Previous Winners 

Atwood has won the award in 2000 and was shortlisted in 1986, 1989,1996 and 2000. Rushdie won it in 1986.

A Bit More About Atwood

Three female characters narrate the follow up of Atwood.  She won the prize for The Blind Assassin Before. Florence describes it to be “a savage novel that speaks with conviction.”

A Bit More About Rushdie

Rushdie won the prize for Midnight’s Children before. He made the shortlist in 1983,1988 and 1995. Don Quixote’s Miguel de Cervantes inspires Quichotte. It speaks about a salesman driving across America. He tries to prove himself worthy of a TV star’s hand.

The Satanic Verses (1988) is his best novel.

We Can Just Sit And Wait For The Results

Now we need to have our fingers crossed. We can wait and see who grabs this prestigious honor.

Mohar Bhattacharjee
Student, pursuing English Honours (2nd year,Calcutta University). Hobbies include writing and reading.

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