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Debut novel about a 'disturbed' woman makes Man Booker Prize shortlist

AFP
Published Sep 13, 2016, 3:42 pm IST
Updated Sep 14, 2016, 7:18 am IST
First-time author Ottessa Moshfegh, a Boston-born 35-year-old, was selected for 'Eileen'.
Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen and Deborah Levy's 'Hot Milk' are in the race for the Man Booker Prize.
 Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen and Deborah Levy's 'Hot Milk' are in the race for the Man Booker Prize.

 London: A psychological crime thriller set in the Scottish Highlands and the tale of a disturbed young woman in 1960s Massachusetts are on the shortlist for the prestigious Man Booker prize which was unveiled Tuesday.

Nobel-winner J.M. Coetzee failed to make the six-name list for the world's leading English-language fiction award, which featured only one previous nominee, South African-born British author Deborah Levy.

 

Her "Hot Milk" is a story of an intense relationship between a sickly mother and her daughter set in a small Spanish fishing village which the jury said in a statement examines "female rage and sexuality".

Scottish writer Graeme Macrae Burnet's "His Bloody Project" thriller "paints a painfully realistic picture of poverty in the tiny crofting community of Culduie in the Scottish Highlands," the jury said.

First-time author Ottessa Moshfegh, a Boston-born 35-year-old, was selected for "Eileen", a portrait of "an unassuming yet disturbed young woman" trapped between caring for her alcoholic father in a squalid house and her job as a secretary at a boys' prison.

 

The three other books shortlisted are David Szalay's "All That Man Is", a portrait of masculinity, Madeleine Thien's "Do Not Say We Have Nothing" about classical music in revolutionary China and Paul Beatty's "The Sellout", a satire on US urban life.

"The final six reflect the centrality of the novel in modern culture -- in its ability to champion the unconventional, to explore the unfamiliar, and to tackle difficult subjects," jury chair Amanda Foreman, a historian, said in a statement.

"As a group we were excited by the willingness of so many authors to take risks with language and form," she said.

 

The Foyles bookshop chain said in a statement that the shortlist was "excitingly wide-open, with Deborah Levy the only well-known author left".

The winner will be announced in London on October 25.

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