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Book set in Dubai is nominated for the Man Booker Prize

Book set in Dubai is nominated for the Man Booker Prize

'The Dog'

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According to reports this week a book that is set in Dubai, however yet to hit the bookshelves, has been named on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize

Irish-born author Joseph O'Neill writes about of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai in his new novel The Dog, which has not been released yet.

The title has made the Booker Prize longlist under the rule that books published at any time up until September 30 were considered for the award. The award has also opened up the nominations to include writers outside of the Commonwealth and Ireland for the first time.

Publishers of the book Fourth Estate says, "In 2007, a New York attorney bumps into an old college buddy – and accepts his friend's offer of a job in Dubai, as the overseer of an enormous family fortune.

"Haunted by the collapse of his relationship and hoping for a fresh start, our strange hero begins to suspect that he has exchanged one inferno for another.

"A funny and wholly original work of international literature, The Dog is led by a brilliant entertaining anti-hero. Imprisoned by his endless powers of reasoning, hemmed in by the ethical demands of globalised life, he is fatefully drawn towards the only logical response to our confounding epoch."

Born in Cork but now living in New York, O'Neill's previous novel Netherland was also nominated for Booker Prize longlist, but failed to make the shortlist – which this year will be announced on September 9.

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