Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Kazuo Ishiguro, Richard Powers among the candidates for fiction’s Booker Prize

By JILL LAWLESS | The Associated Press

LONDON – Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers are among the 13 authors competing for the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction.

Britain’s Ishiguro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017, is on the longlist announced on Tuesday for the £ 50,000 ($ 69,000) prize with ‘Klara and the Sun’, a novel about love and humanity told by an android powered by solar power. This is the fourth Booker nomination for Ishiguro, who won the 1989 award for ‘The Remains of the Day’.

The American author Powers is nominated for ‘Bewilderment’ about an astrobiologist and his neurodiversing son. Powers won the Pulitzer for fiction in 2019 for the eco-epic ‘The Overstory’, which was also a Booker Prize finalist.

Among the previous Booker candidates on this year’s list is South African Damon Galgut for his story of racism and reckoning, “The Promise”; British author Sunjeev Sahota for ‘China Room’, which travels between England and India; and Mary Lawson of Canada for her story of life in a northern city, ‘A Town Called Solace’.

The Booker Prize, established in 1969, has the reputation of changing writers’ careers and was originally open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers. Suitability was extended in 2014 to all English novels published in the United Kingdom

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Two American first novels are among this year’s candidates: Patricia Lockwood’s social media-saturated story “Nobody Talks About This” and Nathan Harris’ best-selling “The Sweetness of Water,” set in the American South at the end of the Civil War .

The list also includes “Great Circle” by American author Maggie Shipstead, British novelist Francis Spufford’s “Light Perpetual”, British / Somali author Nadifa Mohamed’s “The Fortune Men”, British / Canadian author Rachel Cusk’s “Second Place “, the South African novelist Karen Jennings’s” An Island “and” A Passage North “by Sri Lankan writer Anuk Arudpragasam.

Kazuo Ishiguro, Richard Powers among the candidates for fiction's Booker Prize
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