16 June, 2021


The Man Booker International. The Orange. "There's a poignant and moving novel here, perhaps; I just didn't quite get it."

Lit Weights
What could be more vulgar than this: a prize fight to decide who's the world's lit champ? The Man Booker International award will decide in June which of the world's living writers across the planet deserves to wear the world's literary crown. None of the fifteen contenders who've made it to the last round—Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Alice Munro, Amos Oz, Chinua Achebe, Doris Lessing, Ian McEwan, Carlos Fuentes, John Banville, Peter Carey, Michel Tournier, Harry Mulisch—is complaining (as yet). NB: the judges for the inaugural award two years ago wisely took the heat off themselves by picking an unknown Albanian writer Ismael Kadare over Atwood, Lessing, McEwan and Roth.

Who'll Get the Orange?
There's an unwritten rule that a Booker prize winner doesn't win the Orange prize, but that hasn't stopped Kiran Desai's Inheritance of...

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