History has been made in this year’s Man Booker Prize. Paul Beatty has become the first American writer to win the most prestigious prize. His book The Sellout has got him the laurels for discussing the racial politics.
The story is narrated by African-American ‘Bonbon’, a resident of Dickens in Los Angeles county. According to the story the name of his resident city has been removed from the map to save California from embarrassment. Bonbon is being tried in the Supreme Court for attempting to re-institute slavery and segregation in the local high school as means of bringing about civic order. The story moves around the racial politics. The institutional racism and the shooting of Bonbon’s father at the hands of police are particularly topical.
Paul Beatty is 54 now born in Los Angeles. His book was rejected 18 times before being published. It was published by a small individual publisher Oneworld. It’s been a 13 year struggles states Paul when speaking about his heart after the announcement. He also added that he didn’t expect to get an award of such an honor. He will be receiving £ 50,000 and in addition to that he will be receiving £2,500 for being shortlisted.
Beatty has admitted that the readers might find his book little difficult to digest but the historian Amanda Foreman, from this year’s judging panel, said that was no bad thing. “Fiction should not be comfortable,” Foreman added “The truth is rarely pretty and this is a book that nails the reader to the cross with cheerful abandon … that is why the novel works.”
The Man Booker Prize is considered one of the highest prizes given to literature. Man Group has sponsored the prize since 2002.
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