Monday, 23 July, 2018

Decided victor of the prize "Golden Booker"

Dame Hilary Mantel Booker Prize winning author at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient wins prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize
Charles Bowen | 11 July, 2018, 11:42

Thus, the novel "the English patient" Ondaatje as the best book of the 50th anniversary version of the Booker prize.

The novel, a work of historical fiction that takes place in Italy during the Second World War, originally won the prestigious English-language literary prize in 1992 as well as the Governor General's Literary Award.

The Canadian writer's tale of love and conflict during World War II was named victor of the Golden Man Booker Prize for fiction at a ceremony in London on Sunday.

The Observer's Robert McCrum, taking on the 1970s, chose VS Naipaul's In a Free State; poet Lemn Sissay, reading the titles from the 1980s, went for Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger; The English Patient was novelist Kamila Shamsie's selection from the 1990s; Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall was nominated as the best of the 2000s by broadcaster Simon Mayo, and George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo topped poet Hollie McNish's reading of the 2010s Booker winners.

The special one-off competition - to mark the 50th anniversary for the British literary prize - placed the Man Booker Prize's previous 51 winners in a head-to-head battle to determine which has stood the test of time.

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The English Patient, which also inspired the Oscar-winning 1996 film from late director Anthony Minghella, is set at the end of the Second World War and revolves around the identity of a badly burned patient and whether he is a French archaeologist or a Nazi spy.

The Sri Lanka-born writer was announced as the victor at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, which saw Shamsie discuss why she had chosen The English Patient and an extract performed by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Ondaatje, who was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon, in 1943 is of Dutch, Sinhalese, and Tamil ancestry. Of them, in turn, the results of the public voting was selected the best book of the last fifty years. It is reported by The New York Times. Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative.

Michael Ondaatje, author of novel The English Patient.

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