Kazuo Ishiguro, Damon Galgut, Mary Lawson, Richard Powers… The Booker Prize is in the classics

Only two first novel authors are among the 13 names selected this year. Last year, the prize was awarded to the Scottish Douglas Stuart.

The new feathers are not on the program for the 2021 edition of the Booker prize. Six already recognized novelists, including heavyweights of literature like Kazuo Ishiguro, appear again this year in the selection of this prestigious British literary prize, its organizers announced on Tuesday, to the detriment of new feathers.

British author of Japanese origin Kazuo Ishiguro, 66, can thus be proud of his fifth selection for this literary prize created in 1969, to which authors of all nationalities can compete, provided they write in English. He had already won it in 1989 for his novel The remains of the day, but had also been retained in 1986 (An artist of the floating world), in 2000 (When we were orphans) and in 2005 (Always with me). The one whose career was also hailed by a Nobel for literature in 2017 is this time selected for his eighth novel, Klara and the Sun (Klara and the sun), “a true innocent and egoless take on the bizarre behavior of humans obsessed and hurt by power, status and fear», Estimated the members of the jury.

Five other novelists already selected by the Booker Prize are on the list again this year: Damon Galgut for The Promise (The promise), Mary Lawson with A Town called Solace (A city called Consolation), Richard Powers for Bewilderment (Perplexity) and Sunjeev Sahota with China Room (Chinese room).

In total, thirteen works were selected by a jury of five judges from among 158 novels published in the United Kingdom or Ireland between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. Six women are among the 13 names selected, and only two first-time novelists, far from the 8 new feathers selected in the previous edition. Last year, the prize was awarded to the Scotsman Douglas Stuart for his first novel Shuggie Bath, which takes place in a working-class family in Glasgow struggling with alcoholism and poverty in the 1980s.

The president of the jury, Maya Jasanoff, recalls the importance “It is particularly significant, in this time of pandemic, to see that all of these books have important things to say about what community is, whether it is tiny and isolated or whether it spans endlessly in cyberspace», Said Maya Jasanoff, president of the jury. She greeted “a strong sense of connection with books»In this period of repeated confinements. The names of the six finalists will be announced on September 14, before the winner is selected on November 3. At the end of the day, a reward of 50,000 pounds (around 55,000 euros) and the assurance of international fame.

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Kazuo Ishiguro, Damon Galgut, Mary Lawson, Richard Powers… The Booker Prize is in the classics

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