Most readers will have to wait until September to see what happens in Margaret Atwood's story of the Handmaid, but the bookmakers' judges held the testimony on the 2019 long list for the £ 50,000 literary prize.
This is the sixth time nominated for the book by the Canadian novelist and her first nomination since she won the most prestigious UK Blind UK literary prize in 2000. The testament is set 15 years after the end of her distopian classic. The Handmaid's story. On September 10, the content of the novel remained a secluded secret – this year's judges, chairman of the Festival Festival of St. Petersburg, saying in their statement: "Spoiler discretion and a fearful non-disclosure deal prevented Description of Who, Like, Why and Even Where. So, this is terrible and exalted. ”
Atwood will be competing with another winner: Salman Rushdy, nominated this time for Quichotte. Inspired by Don Quixote and released in August, he sees an aging traveling salesman falling into a television star and driving across America to win her hand. Judges called it a "Picaresque Tour de force of contemporary America, with all its alarms and craziness".
On a longlist packed with great names – but notable for his exclusion of well-received romans by authors including Ian Makevan, Mark Haddon and Ali Smith – Rushdie is one of several British romanists nominated. Alongside him were Jeanet Winterson for Frankysstein, her reinterpretation of Mary Shelley Frankenstein; John Lanchester for his distopia the Wall; Bernadine Evaristo & # 39; s girl, wife, others, a fresh novel about the life of black women; Lanny from Max Porter, the story of a missing boy in a commuter city; And Deborah Levi, the person who saw everything next month, slipped in the time zones of Judges called "a mischievous and complex structure."
After spending in the previous year over changes in the prize money, widened at the end of 2013 to include US dollars. There. Fiction, just one American novelist was shown: Lucy Elmann. Born in Illinois, the Anglo-American Ellmann moved to England as a teenager, and was picked up for Dax, Newburyport, a 1,000-page homemaker's Ohio monologue, which was almost composed of a single sentence.
The judges said the Newburyport docks were "brilliantly conceived and the reader was challenged with its virtuosity and originality … A humorous, cautious and joke word game, it is – fiercely – with the thrill of decency than trump's America. " Ellmann was released by tiny freaking legally beggar, which first saw the potential of Eimear McBride's award-winning bestseller A girl is a semi-formed thing.
The List Of 13 Books Includes Turkish Newspaper Elif Shafak For 10 Minutes Of This Strange World For 10 Minutes, What The Memories Of Istanbul's Sexual Worker Whose Sex Is Left In The Trash; The Irish author Kevin Barry for night boat to Tangier, which judge has called "a crime-fiction work not quite like any other"; And Nigerian author Chigozye obioma, whose minority orchestra is loosely based on the Odyssey.
And Mexican-Italian writer Valeria Luiselli was nominated for her first book written in English, lost children, which puts a family road trip from New York along the journey of a Mexican children's group attempting to cross the border into The US
Only one debut is nominated, from the youngest writer in the lineup: The 31-year-old Nigerian-British author, Okanan, is the darkest comic-book thriller of my sister, the serial killer. The novel, short-listed for this year's Women's Prize, was opened when Coke was called upon to help her murder her little sister to clear up a mess. Judges said it was "as skillful, sharp and engaging as a debut as every first Romanist can produce," packed with prose "as pointed out as a lethal weapon".
All 13 books are "credible winners", according to Florence. "They imagine our world, familiar from a new cycle of disaster and grief, with wild humor, intense insight and sharp humanity," he said. These writers offer joy and hope. They celebrate the rich complexity of English as a global language. They are precise, enlightening and entertaining. "
The long list of the book was selected by 151 novels. Near Florence, the jurors were Liz Calder, the first publisher and editor, novelist Xiaolu Guo, writer afua deer and musician Joanna Magregor. The literary director of the Buckingham Prize Fundamentals Gabi Wood has revealed that they have also called young adult novels and "books that are sometimes published as & # 39; commercially" in their search for the best fiction of the year.
The longlist, she said, "shows the incredible range of what's written today." There are known names that write at the height of their powers, there are young writers of exceptional imagination and daring, there is witty, incisive political thought, stillness and thrill. And it is a reality that shows that literature in English is global. ”
The prize was supported for the first time this year by Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman's charity foundation Crankart, rather than the human group. The shortest will be announced on September 3 and the winner is revealed in a London ceremony on October 14.