Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist of ten authors is announced
The shortlist of ten authors in the running for the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2015 has been released. Ten works of literary fiction, published in the English language (or readily available in the English language) stand a chance at winning the £60,000 prize fund. The University of Cape Town hosted the announcement, an institute with a rich literary faculty, being that Nobel literature winner and two-time Booker winner JM Coetzee teaches there.
"This is a most interesting and enlightening list of finalists. It brings attention to writers from far and wide, so many of whom are in translation," Jonathan Taylor, chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, said in a statement. Far and wide, indeed. This year see's a first-time entry from the tiny French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, together with a host international origins.
This year's finalists are: César Aira (Argentina); Hoda Barakat (Lebanon); Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe); Mia Couto (Mozambique); Amitav Ghosh (India); Fanny Howe (United States of America); Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya); László Krasznahorkai (Hungary); Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo) and Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa).