Man Booker Prize
Why in news?
- The winner of the man Booker prize has recently been announced for the year 2018.
Man Booker Prize:
- The Man Booker Prize for Fiction(formerly known as the Booker–McConnell Prize and commonly known simply as the Booker Prize) is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK.
- The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured international renown and success therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade.
- From its inception, only novels written by Commonwealth, Irish, and South African (and later Zimbabwean) citizens were eligible to receive the prize.
- But in 2014 this eligibility was widened to any English-language novel.
- A high-profile literary award in British culture, the Booker Prize is greeted with great anticipation and fanfare.
- It is also a mark of distinction for authors to be selected for inclusion in the shortlist or even to be nominated for the “longlist”.
Man Booker Prize 2018 winner:
- Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for fiction this year.
- She has won it for her book known as “Flights,” a novel that charts multiple journeys in time, space and human anatomy.
- “Flights” beat five other finalists, including Iraqi writer Ahmed Saadawi’s horror story “Frankenstein in Baghdad” and South Korean author Han Kang’s meditative novel “The White Book.”
- Tokarczuk’s novel combines tales of modern-day travel with the story of a 17th century anatomist who dissected his own amputated leg and the journey of composer Frederic Chopin’s heart from Paris to Warsaw after his death.