Man Booker Prize 2008

The 2008 Man Booker Prize Longlist was released on July 29th. I’m behind on the news (it was before my blog responsibility pledge). The Man booker Prize is open to, “Any full-length novel, written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and published this year… The novel must be an original work in English (not a translation) and must not be self-published.”

Some previous winners you may recognize are: Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, John Berger, and Ian McEwan.

Check out the long list here: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/prize/thisyear/longlist

The books have been narrowed to the short list: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/prize/thisyear/shortlist.

Apparently the New York Times was surprised to find Rushdie missing from the short list. I am not. While I am not sure quite how I feel about some of the selections (because overall, I’m not particularly compelled), it seems that the Booker is using its prize to celebrate new talent, and good writing, not simply rewarding past success or a sense of literary deference. Here is the Times article on the Booker Prize: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/10/books/10booker.html?th&emc=th

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