Mohsin Hamid makes it to shortlist of Man Booker Prize

Lawrence Kim
September 13, 2017

Fridlund and Mozley have been nominated for their debut novels and are competing with well-known authors Auster and Saunders.

The short-list includes American authors Paul Auster for "4321", Emily Fridlund for "History of Wolves", and George Saunders for "Lincoln in the Bardo".

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

The judging panel, chaired by Lola, Baroness Young, consists of: the literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh; the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Sarah Hall; the artist Tom Phillips CBE RA; and the travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron CBE. Lincoln in the Bardo is short story writer George Saunders's first full-length novel. Mohsin Hamid has made it to the shortlist a second time with Exit West, and Ali Smith for the fourth time with her novel about Time, love and ageing - Autumn.

Roy's novel was considered among the top competitors for the race and was earlier described as a "significant" work of fiction.

A 29-year-old bookshop worker from York has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Shamsi took to Twitter to felicitate Hamid on the shortlisting.

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad, already the victor of the 2017 Pulitzer prize for fiction, the 2016 National Book Award for fiction and the Arthur C Clarke award for science-fiction, is a surprise omission from the literary award.

"With six unique and intrepid books that collectively push against the borders of convention, this year's shortlist both acknowledges established authors and introduces new voices to the literary stage", Young said. "Playful, sincere, unsettling, fierce: here is a group of novels grown from tradition but also radical and contemporary".

The victor will be announced on the 17th October.

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

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