The winner of the prestigious Booker Prize (Man Booker Prize) in 2018 was the writer from Northern Ireland, Anna Burns. The novel “Milkman” (Milkman) brought her the victory, reports Reuters with reference to the organizing committee of the competition.
The judges noted the “extraordinary originality” of the work and the “distinctly sounding voice of a funny, inflexible, intelligent, straightforward heroine” According to the chairman of the jury, the British writer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, none of them “have ever read anything like that.”
The novel is written on behalf of an 18-year-old girl, and the events described in it unfold in the 70s of the last century in the birthplace of 56-year-old Anna Burns, in Northern Ireland.
As the site reported, last year, “Booker” received American George Saunders for his novel “Lincoln in Bordeaux”.
Recall the Booker Prize was established in 1968, it is awarded for the best prose work in English. Until 2014, it was presented only to citizens of the United Kingdom, Ireland or one of the countries of the British Commonwealth. But now the author with any citizenship can receive this prestigious literary award, the main thing is that his novel be written in English and published in the United Kingdom. The prize for the winner is 50 thousand pounds sterling (about 4.4 million rubles).