Zimbabwean novelist NoViolet Bulawayo is one of six finalists for the Booker Prize, the prestigious British literary prize. His animal fable “Glory” could succeed on October 17 next “The Promise”by South African Damon Galgut.
The favorites of this 2022 edition remain the American authors Elizabeth Strout with_**”Oh William!”_, and Percival Everettand his powerful novel about racism and police violence, _“The Trees”**_.
British fantasy writer Alan Garner – the longest-serving Booker nominee at 87 – is on the list for “Treacle Walker”.
Other selected books: “Small Things Like These”from Irish Claire Keeganand “The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida”, of Sri Lankan Shehan Karunatilaka.
The former director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregorwho chairs the jury, said that several of the books are inspired by real events and “address long national histories of cruelty and injustice, in Sri Lanka and Ireland, Zimbabwe and the United States”.
“Set in different places at different times, they all deal with events that, to some degree, happen everywhere and affect us all,” he said of the shortlist.
Founded in 1969, the Booker Prize has a reputation for transforming writers’ careers and was initially only open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers. Eligibility was extended in 2014 to all English-language novels published in the UK.
The six authors selected this year, as many men as women, come from four continents and are of five nationalities. The winner will be crowned on October 17 at a ceremony in London.