PAUL Beatty (The Sellout), Deborah Levy (Hot Milk), Graeme Macrae Burnet (His Bloody Project), Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen), David Szalay (All That Man) and Madeleine Thien (Do Not Say We Have Nothing) are the six shortlisted authors for the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Their names were announced by the chairperson of judges, Dr. Amanda Foreman on Tuesday. The books cover a diverse range of subjects, from murder in 19th century Scotland to classical music in Revolutionary China.
In the third year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, the shortlist is an even split between two British, two American and two Canadian writers. Three novels from Penguin Random House are shortlisted alongside three from small, independent publishers.
Speaking about the shortlist, Foreman said: “The Man Booker Prize subjects novels to a level of scrutiny that few books can survive.
“In re-reading our incredibly diverse and challenging longlist, it was both agonising and exhilarating to be confronted by the sheer power of the writing. As a group we were excited by the willingness of so many authors to take risks with language and form.
“The final six reflect the centrality of the novel in modern culture – in its ability to champion the unconventional, to explore the unfamiliar, and to tackle difficult subjects.”
Last year’s winner, Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings in 2015, which has gone on to sell over 360,000 copies in the UK and Commonwealth, as well as 120,000 in the US.
The shortlist was chosen from 155 submissions, published in the United Kingdom between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.
The 2016 winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 25 in London’s Guildhall, at a black-tie dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the literary world. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.
The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner will receive a further £50,000 and can expect international recognition.