US author George Saunders has won 2017 Man Booker Prize for his novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’.
About George Saunders and his novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’:
George Saunders has become second American author to win this award. In 2016, Paul Beatty became the first American to win this award for his novel ‘The Sellout’.
- ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’, the novel for which George Saunders has won 2017 Man Booker Prize, narrates former US President Abraham Lincoln’s grief after the death of his 11-year-old son Willie in 1862 and his visits to his tomb in Washington cemetery.
- Besides penning award-winning short story collections, essays, illustrated fables and a bestselling children’s book, George Saunders has also written many pieces of journalism.
- He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. Besides, he also received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2009.
- British writers Ali Smith and Fiona Mozley, American writers Auster and Emily Fridlund, and British-Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid were the other shortlisted writers for this year’s Booker Prize.
About Man Booker Prize:
Man Booker Prize is presented by Man Group and is awarded for best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK.
- It was first awarded in 1969 and at that time it was known as Booker-McConnell Prize.
- Earlier, only citizens of Commonwealth, Ireland, and South Africa (and later Zimbabwe) were eligible to receive the prize. However, in 2014 the eligibility was widened to any English-language novel.
- The winner is selected by a judging panel which is formed by an advisory committee. The advisory committee comprises a writer, two publishers, a literary agent, a bookseller, a librarian, and a chairperson appointed by the Booker Prize Foundation.
- The prize money for this award is 50000 British Pounds.