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Richard Flanagan Wins Man Booker Prize

November 5th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

man booker prize winner Richard Flanagan

The book lovers and those people, who are the fans of the works written by famous Australian author Richard Flanagan, were very pleased once they got to know that their favorite writer won the Man Booker Prize 2014. With his outstanding masterpiece called “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”, the author of fifty-three years of age was presented with the Man Booker Prize by the Duchess of Cornwall at a solemn ceremony that held at Guildhall in the British capital. Richard Flanagan was also awarded with $80 000. This sum is also an integral part of the Man Booker Prize.

As for the bibliography of the author, he has five previously written novels as well as a couple of works of nonfiction. Published by the Chatto & Windus in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and by Knopf in the United States of America, the book “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” tells the story about Australian prisoners, who all are forced by the representatives of imperial Japan to build the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in the times of World War II. The famous railway between the capital of Bangkok and Rangoon located in Burma was constructed by Japan in 1943. The railway was used in order to support Japan forces, using forced labour. It’s a sad fact that more than 100 000 people died in the process when the railway was built. Having performed a little research, I found out that Richard Flanagan based this work of literature on the experiences of his father, who passed away the very day his son wrote the last sentence.

The fact that Richard Flanagan was awarded with the 2014 Man Booker Prize is a noteworthy moment. The whole point is that this is the first year that Britain’s most elite literary prize was expanded to involve the authors from far abroad. Of course, this decision was of a pretty controversial matter, with the Prize Foundation over and over again taking heat from the literary community of Great Britain. If we make a little tour back to the previous years, we will seen that the Man Booker Prize was limited to the writers from the Republic of Ireland, British Commonwealth and Zimbabwe.

Richard Flanagan was picked from the list that included multiple writers, for example, the USA authors Karen Joy Fowler for “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” (Putnam) and Joshua Ferris for “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour” (Viking); and the writers from the UK – Neel Mukherjee for “The Lives of Others” (Chatto & Windus), Howard Jacobson for “J” (Jonathan Cape) and Ali Smith for “How to Be Both” (Hamish Hamilton). The lucky writers were carefully selected by the six judges. Richard Flanagan is the third writer from Australia, who won the Man Booker Prize, and the first from the Tasmania island.

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