One lone African on Booker list

CityPress - - Voices -

The long-list for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fic­tion was an­nounced on Wed­nes­day. It in­cludes 13 ti­tles that are com­pet­ing to win the cov­eted £50 000 (R9.9 mil­lion) prize money. Most of the peo­ple on the list are from the UK or the US, but there is one African on the list – Chigozie Obioma ( pic­tured) from Nige­ria.

Un­til re­cently, the prize was open only to au­thors from the UK, the Com­mon­wealth and Zim­babwe, but it is now also open to au­thors from the US. Obioma’s The Fish­er­men is de­scribed as a “Cain and Abe­lesque story of an un­for­get­table child­hood in 1990s Nige­ria”.

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