A breakdown of the nominees for the Man Booker Prize 2017
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The Man Booker Prize has been selecting the best UK-published novels for 48 years. 2017's six shortlisted novels were announced in September, with the winner being crowned on October 17th. Below we have the lowdown on each of the six nominees. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster Paul Auster is an American writer and director. His New York Trilogy was recently adapted into the stage play City of Glass, which showed at the Lyric Hammersmith in London earlier this year. His latest novel 4 3 2 1 is billed as a coming-of-age book. The novel centres around Archibald Isaac Ferguson. It diverges into four different narratives, all parallel versions of Ferguson's life. The novel explores how identity can change based on the different paths life can lead us down, and has been described as 'a sophisticated and ambitious exercise in structure and plot' by The Independent. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund History of Wolves is Fridlund's debut novel. She completed a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in Literature and Creative Writing, where History of Wolves actually started out as a standalone story for a writing workshop. The novel's protagonist is 14-year-old Madeline, who lives in an isolated commune in Minnesota with her parents. The novel is
part character study, part bildungsroman, as Madeline navigates her burgeoning attraction to the new history teacher - who is later arrested for possession of child pornography - and the new family who moves into her neighborhood.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid is the author of the bestselling The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007. It was also adapted into a film for the 2012 Venice Film Festival.
Exit West revolves around Nadia and Saeed, who embark on a love affair during a time of political unrest in their country and are forced to flee. It examines the refugee experience as the young couple is thrust into unfamiliar environments and situations, with hints of fantastical realism. The Guardian has described it as a ‘magical vision of the refugee crisis’.
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