Most readers will have to wait until September to find out what's going on next, Margaret Atwood.
The Canadian novelist was nominated for Booker for the sixth, her first nomination, since winning the UK's most prestigious British Blind Assassination Award in 2000. This one. On September 10th, the content of the novel remained a secrecy, as this year's judges, chaired by Peter Peter Florence, director of the Hay Peter Festival, said in their statement: "The sponsorship of the sponsors and a sharp non-disclosure contract avoids any description of who, how, why, even where. So: this is terrible and exciting. "
Atwood will compete with another former winner: Salman Rushdie, nominated for Quichotte. Inspired by Don Quixote and released in August, he sees an aging traveler who falls in love with a television star and rides across America to win it. The judges called it a "picaresque tour de force of modern America, with all its alarms and insanity".
On the scale with great names – which was noticed by the exclusion of well-received novels by authors, including Ian McEwan, Mark Haddon, and Ali Smith – Rushdie is one of many nominated British writers. Next to her are Jeanette Winterson for Frankissstein, her reinterpretation of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; John Lanchester for his dystopia The Wall; A girl, a woman, another Bernadine Evaristo, a verse novel about the life of black women; Lanny, Max Porter, the story of a missing boy in the city where he drives; and "The Man Who Hated Everything" Deborah Levy, to be released next month, and will slip between the time zones in what judges call "a playful and complex structure".
Following the tensions of previous years, due to changes in the rules on prizes, which were expanded to the American game at the end of 2013, only one American novelist is presented: Lucy Ellmann. Anglo-American Ellmann, born in Illinois, moved to England as a teenager and chose him for Ducks, Newburyport, a monologue from a thousand pages that was almost entirely made up of a housewife from Ohio.
The judges said that Ducks, Newburyport "was brilliantly designed and challenged by the reader with his virtuosity and originality … The ciphony of humor, violence and Joyce's playfulness, furiously, deals with familiarity and Trump's America." Ellmann published a small independent print of Galley Beggar, who first saw the potential in the award-winning bestseller Eimear McBride A Girl, is a half-formed Thing.
In the list of 13 books, the Turkish novelist Elif Shafak is 10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world, which describes in detail the memories of an Istanbul worker whose body remains in the rubbish bin; Irish writer Kevin Barry for Night Boat in Tangier, designated by judges as "the work of criminal fiction, which is not entirely similar to anyone else"; and the Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma, whose minority orchestra is loosely based on the Odyssey.
Mexican-Italian writer Valeria Luiselli has been nominated for her first book, Lost Children Archive, written in the English language, which sets out a family trip from New York on a trip to a group of Mexican children trying to cross the US border.
Only one debut was nominated, from the youngest author in the series: 31-year-old Nigerian-British author Oyinkan Braithwaite is a dark comic thriller My Sister, Serial Killer. Roman, who was shortlisted for this year's Women's Prize, opens when Korede is called to help his killing sisters clarify another mess. The judges said they were "smart, sharp and attracted to the debut as any first novelist could produce", stuffed with the prose "as marked as a deadly weapon".
All 13 books, according to Florence, are "credible winners". "They represent our world, which we know from catastrophe and insults in the news cycle, with wild humor, deep insight and sharp humanity," he said. "These writers offer joy and hope. They are famed for the rich complexity of English as a global language. They are demanding, enlightened and entertaining. "
The Booker list was selected from 151 novels. In addition to Florence, the jury was Liz Calder, former publisher and editor, writer Xiaolu Guo, writer Afua Hirsch and musician Joanna MacGregor. Booker Gaby Wood, a literary director of the Booker Foundation, revealed that in their novels for young adults they called and "books that were sometimes rejected as" commercial "in finding the best fiction of the year.
Longlist, she said, "shows the incredible volume of what is written today". "There are well-known names written at the peak of their power, there are young writers of exceptional imagination and daring, there is wit, pervasive political thought, peace and excitement. And there is plurality that shows that the creation of literature in English is a global venture. "
The prize is first supported by Michael Moritz and Charriet Heyman Crankstart Charity Foundation, not Man Group. The shortlist will be announced on September 3 and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 14 October.