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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction: de winnaars van de afgelopen vijf jaar

16-10-2018

De Man Booker Prize for Fiction, kortweg Booker Prize, wordt sinds 1969 ieder jaar uitgereikt voor een boek geschreven in het Engels. De prijs werd in 1968 ingesteld door Booker Plc, en om de kwaliteit van de prijs te waarborgen worden de juryleden gezocht onder critici, schrijvers en academici. Sinds 2002 staat de prijs bekend als de Man Booker Prize for Fiction, naar aanleiding van sponsoring door een investeringsbedrijf, de Man Group Plc. Tot 2014 werd de prijs uitsluitend uitgereikt aan schrijvers uit het Brits Gemenebest, Ierland en Zimbabwe. Vanaf 2014 komt ieder in het Engels geschreven boek in aanmerking. Op 16 oktober 2018 wordt de winnaar van dit jaar bekendgemaakt.

De afgelopen vijf winnaars van The Man Booker Prize for Fiction

1.

Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. ''My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,'' the president says at the time. ''God has called him home.'' Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.

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2.

The Sellout

The Sellout

Born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a drive-by shooting, he discovers there never was a memoir. All that's left is a bill for a drive-through funeral. What's more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

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3.

A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Jamaica, 1976 Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley's house, machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught. A Brief History of Seven Killings chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters - slum kids, one-night stands, drug lords, girlfriends, gunmen, journalists, and even the CIA.

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4.

Narrow Road to the Deep North

Narrow Road to the Deep North

In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

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5.

The Luminaries

The Luminaries

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the new zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

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