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Arundhati Roy out of Man Booker race
September 14, 2017
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New Delhi: Arundhati Roy’s latest novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has failed to make the cut for the shortlist of six books for The Man Booker Prize (Fiction) 2017. The announcement made on Wednesday by the judging committee, which is dominated by American heavyweights competing against British fiction.

Among the novels that have made it to the shortlist are Paul Auster’s 4321, History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund, the much deserving Exit West by Pakistani-UK writer Mohsin Hamid, Elmet by Fiona Mozley, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and Ali Smith’s Autumn.

This shortlist of the Man Booker Prize (Fiction) 2017 was whittled down from the longlist of 13 books to make a further compelling race between six novels that are running for the much coveted prize.

The competition is judged by Baroness Lola Young (Chair), Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips and Colin Thubron.

Roy’s novel was considered among the top competitors for the race and was earlier described as a “significant” work of fiction. Widely hailed by international critics, Roy’s novel was thought to be a sure-name in the short list — but the Booker never fails to surprise. American heavyweights Paul Auster and George Saunders are the most known faces in the list.

Last year’s winner was The Sellout by Paul Beatty, while A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James was victorious in 2015.

Earlier this year, the International Prize was won by Israel’s David Grossman with A Horse Walks Into A Bar.

The announcement of the shortlist precedes the prize-giving ceremony on Oct.17, when the final winner for 2017 will be revealed.

The winner will take home 50,000 pounds prize money at a glittery event, often said to be the Oscars of literary world.

While 1997 Booker winning author Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness was the most hyped novel in the list, many had guessed its ouster from the shortlist soon after the release of the longlist. But for the Booker judging committee too, Roy was too popular a face at the time of the announcement to not take note of.

Indo-Asian News Service
 

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