Today the winner of the Man Booker Prize was announced. The prize, which launched in 1969, “aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.To maintain the consistent excellence of The Man Booker Prize, judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines, including critics, writers and academics, but also poets, politicians and actors, all with a passion for quality fiction.”
This year’s winner The Sellout by Paul Beatty showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, it challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality, the black Chinese restaurant.
The long list of nominees included The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee, Serious Sweet by A.L. Kennedy, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy, His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet, The North Water by Ian McGuire, Hystopia by David Means, The Many by Wyl Menmuir, Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves, My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout, All That Man Is by David Szalay, and Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien.