LONDON — Authors from the UK and the U.S. dominated the 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced Sept. 13, as the only long-listed Indian writer, Arundhati Roy, failed to make the cut.
Roy, who won the literary award worth 50,000 pounds for her debut book “The God of Small Things” in 1997, had featured on the long-list for her latest novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.”
The novel was described as "a rich and vital book" that "comes from the bowels of India" by the judges.
The short-list includes American authors Paul Auster for "4321,” Emily Fridlund for "History of Wolves,” and George Saunders for "Lincoln in the Bardo.” The British authors include Pakistan-born Mohsin Hamid for "Exit West,” Fiona Mozley for "Elmet" and Ali Smith for "Autumn.”
The final six will now battle for the coveted award to be announced on Oct. 7 at Guildhall here.
Established in 1969, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction awards writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK.
This is the fourth year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality whose books are published in the UK.
After the rules were changed in 2013 to embrace the English language "in all its vigor, its vitality, its versatility and its glory,” several Indian writers including Roy, Aravind Adiga and Salman Rushdie have won the prize.