Booker Prize 2020: Four first works in the list of competing novels

Four first works are among the novels selected for the final competition of the prestigious British “Booker Prize 2020”, dealing with different themes, ranging from climate change to racism, through family relations, announced Tuesday the organizers of this literary competition.

These “beginner” authors are the Zimbabwean Tsitsi Dangarembga with her novel “This Mournable Body” which recounts the journey of a young girl from Zimbabwe sinking into poverty, the American Diane Cook with her novel “The New Wilderness ”(The New Desert), his compatriot Brandon Taylor with“ Real life ”and the Scot Douglas Stuart with his essay“ Shuggie Bain ”.

Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness is a dystopian fiction set in a city made inhospitable by the climate crisis, while Brandon Taylor’s “Real life” tells the story of an introverted young man who faces racism in his first steps on an American campus.

The Scottish Douglas Stuart’s novel is played out in a working-class family in Glasgow struggling against alcoholism and poverty in the 1980s.

Some 162 novels published in the United Kingdom or Ireland between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 were read in total by the jury of this competition, before finally selecting six. The name of the winner, who will be awarded £ 50,000, will be announced on November 17.

Besides Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood, already distinguished novelists also include Hilary Mantel, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Julian Barnes.

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