In the shortlist for the man Booker prize includes the novels Paul Oster and Ali Smith

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The shortlist for the prestigious literary man Booker prize (Man Booker Prize) announced on Wednesday in London: it included six books of the modern English-speaking authors, including the works of Ali Smith, Paul Oster and Mohsin Hamid.

Members of the jury presented their choice at a press conference in the headquarters of a group of companies Man. The list includes six books: the first seven years of the novel, the famous «new York trilogy» American Sex Oster «4, 3, 2, 1»; a book by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid Exit West («West exit»); History of Wolves («History of wolves») from the author of Gothic novels, American Emily Fridlund; the book of the master of intellectual prose from Scotland Ali Smith Autumn («Autumn»); the debut novel of British women Fiona Moseley Elmet («Elmet»); novel American George Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo («Lincoln in the intermediate state»).

«Of course, the first step is finding a really good book. But I think now we ask ourselves the question: what this book gives us? This is something that shows us a completely new, unusual microcosm, or something else? What are the means used by the author? Whether we read it again and again, will book this test?» — said the Chairman of the jury this year Lola young.

The Pulitzer prize is awarded since 1969, but until 2014, its laureates could become only citizens of the UK, Ireland and British Commonwealth countries. In 2014 the rules have changed, now is the chance for the award have writers with any passport, but a novel should be written in English and published by the official publisher in the UK in the year of award.

The name of the laureate of 2017 will be known on October 17 after the jury’s decision. The winner will receive a prize in 50 thousand pounds sterling. In addition, all finalists, including the winner, is awarded a check for 2.5 thousand pounds, and also a Deluxe edition of handmade books.

Over the years, the finalists of the prize was iris Murdoch, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, William Golding, Margaret Atwood.

The jury noted that the nomination of the nominees is not associated with their nationality. «We don’t judge by nationality of the author, we are judged by what is written. Nationality for us is not the topic of discussion,» said Yang. According to her, the books included in the short list of «unique», «emotional, cultural, political and intellectual» spectrum is extremely wide.

Paul Auster, «4, 3, 2, 1»

Paul Auster was born in 1947, lives in Brooklyn, new York. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages, he is the winner of numerous literary awards. In the novel, included in short-list, the plot develops around a Jewish boy Archibald Isaac Ferguson, who was born March 3, 1947 in new Jersey in a Jewish hospital. The author tells us about 4 different fates of four imaginary Archibald Ferguson, which develop parallel to each other.

Emily Fridlund, History of wolves

Writer Emily Fridlund was born in 1979 in Minnesota. The plot of the book — family life 14-year-old girl Linda, who lives with his parents on the shore of a lake in the Midwest. The name can be translated as «history of the carnivores» — Linda and her parents — the last remaining in the commune inhabitants, all the rest have long left the shores of the lake. Linda is growing up in isolation — geographical, cultural and social, in school she is considered «black sheep» and a freak.

The Mohsin Hamid, Exit West

The Mohsin Hamid is a journalist, author of articles in The New York Times and The Guardian, he was born in 1971 in Lahore, raised in Pakistan, and now divides his time between Lahore, London and new York. In his novel, we will focus on the city, crowded with refugees, where they live and fall in love with each other young people — Nadia and Sayid.

Fiona Moseley, Elmet

Fiona Moseley was born in 1988 and grew up in the UK, she is the youngest from a list of nominees. Elmet is the debut novel of the author, it tells the story of Daniel and his sister Kati, who lives with her father back from the other neighbors. This «lyrical review of modern English society and sights in one family» on one side and a story about how strong is the relationship of the father with the children, said at the presentation.

George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

Saunders was born in 1958, he is a winner of many prizes and awards. «22 February 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln rest in peace in a marble tomb in the cemetery of Georgetown. That night, under cover of darkness, the cemetery comes heartbroken his father, Abraham,» says the synopsis.

Ali Smith, Autumn

The writer Ali Smith was born in 1962 in Inverness, Scotland. The novel «Autumn» in the words of the jury, is a meditation on the theme of changing the world, places it in the UK and British. «Who are we? From which we came? The spirit of Shakespeare, melancholy Keats, the energy of pop art of the sixties» — on this and other topics discusses in the novel the author with his characters.

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