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The 2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist



Man-BookerYesterday morning, the Booker Prize Foundation announced their shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Originally awarded in 1969, the prize endeavors "to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction," and 2016 marks the fourth year that books published outside are considered. The winner--to be announced on October 25, 2016--will receive £50,000 in addition to £2,500 awarded to all of the finalists. Previous winners include Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, A.S Byatt, Salman Rushdie, and last year's recipient Marlon James for his book, A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Learn more about the foundation and the Man Booker Prize at their website.

 

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Paul Beatty: The Sellout (US)
 
 

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Deborah Levy: Hot Milk (UK)
Deborah Levy's novel of a daughter struggling to find the cause of her mother's mysterious illness "explores the strange and monstrous nature of motherhood, testing the bonds of parent and child to breaking point."
 

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Graeme Macrae Burnet: His Bloody Project (UK)
Drawing on "memoir, along with court transcripts, medical reports, police statements and newspaper articles," His Bloody Project is a literary murder mystery set in the Scottish Highlands of 1869.
 
 

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Ottessa Moshfegh: Eileen (US)
"This is the story of how I disappeared." Eileen Dunlop--a young woman trapped between her role as caretaker to her alcoholic father and a job at a boys' prison--becomes embroiled in a bizarre crime through via a "Hitchcockian twist."
 

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David Szalay: All That Man Is (Canada-UK)
Szalay's darkly comic novel tracks nine men--all of different ages and stations in life--as they strive "to understand just what it means to be alive, here and now."
 

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Madeleine Thien: Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Canada)
 
 


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