Indian-born author Sunjeev Sahota among 13 nominees for the Fiction Booker Prize – The New Indian Express
LONDON: British author of Indian origin Sunjeev Sahota is one of 13 authors short of the prestigious Booker Prize 2021 for his novel “China Room”, alongside Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers .
The 2021 Long List or “The Booker Dozen” of 13 novels was unveiled on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, after judges assessed 158 novels published in the UK or Ireland between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.
Sahota, 40, nominated for the 2015 Booker Prize for the Year of the Fugitives, is on the shortlist for the 50,000-pound ($ 69,000) prize for her novel “China Room”, inspired in part by the author’s family history.
Briton Ishiguro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017, is one of this year’s “dozen bookers” for “Klara and the Sun”, a novel about love and humanity narrated by an android in solar energy.
This is Booker’s fourth nomination for Ishiguro, who won the award in 1989 for “Leftovers of the Day”.
American author Powers is nominated for “Bewilderment”, about an astrobiologist and his neurodivergent son.
Powers won the Pulitzer of Fiction in 2019 for the eco-epic “The Overstory”, which was also a finalist for the Booker Prize.
Other Booker’s nominees on this year’s list include A Passage North, Anuk Arudpragasam; Second Place, Rachel Cusk, The Promise, Damon Galgut; The Softness of the Water, Nathan Harris, One Island, Karen Jennings; A town called Solace, Mary Lawson; Nobody talks about it, Patricia Lockwood; Men of Fortune, Nadifa Mohamed; Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead and Light Perpetual, Francis Spufford.
The 13 books on this year’s long list were chosen by the jury: historian Maya Jasanoff (chair); writer and editor Horatia Harrod; actor Natascha McElhone; two-time Booker shortlisted novelist and teacher, Chigozie Obioma; and writer and former Archbishop Rowan Williams.
Historian Jasanoff, who chairs this year’s jury, said: “One thing that unites these books is their power to absorb the reader into an unusual story, and to do so in a crafty and distinctive voice.
Many of them consider how people grapple with the past – whether it’s personal experiences of grief or dislocation or the historical legacy of slavery, apartheid and civil war. .
“Many examine intimate relationships under stress, and through them meditate on ideas of freedom and obligation, or what makes us human.
It is especially striking during the pandemic that all of these books have important things to say about the nature of the community, from the tiny and isolated expanse to the immeasurable expanse of cyberspace, ”Jasanoff said in a statement.
A shortlist of six books will be announced on September 14, and the winner will be crowned on November 3 at a ceremony in London.