MAN BOOKER PRIZE LONGLIST OF­FERS DI­VERSE RECOG­NI­TION

National Post (National Edition) - - BOOKS & WRITERS - Sadaf Ah­san,

The Man Booker Prize re­vealed

its longlist early Thurs­day, in­clud­ing 13 nov­els and some of the big­gest ti­tles and names to be re­leased this year. The list in­cludes: 4321 by Paul Auster, Days With­out End by Se­bas­tian Barry, His­tory of Wolves by Emily Frid­lund, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, So­lar Bones by Mike McCor­mack, Reser­voir 13 by Jon McGre­gor, El­met by Fiona Mo­z­ley, The Min­istry of Ut­most Hap­pi­ness by Arund­hati Roy, Lin­coln in the Bardo by Ge­orge Saun­ders, Home Fire by Kamila Sham­sie, Au­tumn by Ali Smith, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, and The Un­der­ground Rail­road by Col­son White­head. The prize has only been open to Amer­i­can au­thors for the last four years, with four mak­ing the longlist this year, in­clud­ing Auster, Frid­lund, Saun­ders and White­head. It also fea­tures four U.K., two Ir­ish, two Pak­istani and one In­dian writer, mak­ing for di­verse recog­ni­tion. Chair of judges Lola Young said, via The Guardian, “The longlist show­cases a di­verse spec­trum – not only of voices and lit­er­ary styles but of pro­tag­o­nists too.”

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