Etikettarkiv: Man Booker Prize 2016

Hyllad amerikan tilldelades Man Booker Prize 2016

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Paul Beatty – The Sellout (Oneworld)

Förra årets vinnare av Man Booker Prize gavs ut av oberoende brittiska förlaget Oneworld. Och de ger även ut årets vinnande roman, The Sellout av Paul Beatty, som var en stor kritikerfavforit i USA förra året.

Kommenterar juryns ordförande: ”The Sellout is a novel for our times. A tirelessly inventive modern satire, its humour disguises a radical seriousness. Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon and takes aim at racial and political taboos with wit, verve and a snarl.”

Förlagets beskrivning: ”A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court,The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.

Born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father’s racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father’s work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a drive-by shooting, he discovers there never was a memoir. All that’s left is a bill for a drive-through funeral.

What’s more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

In his trademark absurdist style, which has the uncanny ability to make readers want to both laugh and cry, The Sellout is an outrageous and outrageously entertaining indictment of our time.”

Citerat ur Dwight Garners recension i New York Times: ”The first 100 pages of his new novel, ‘The Sellout,’ are the most caustic and the most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I’ve read in at least a decade. I gave up underlining the killer bits because my arm began to hurt.”

Beatty har vid flera tillfällen uttalat en viss förvåning över mottagandet av romanen, att så många lagt så stor tonvikt vid dess humoristiska kvaliteter och etiketten satir.

Citerat ur intervju i The Paris Review:

”Do you think of yourself as a writer of satire?

No, not at all. In my head it would limit what I could do, how I could write about something. I’m just writing. Some of it’s funny. I’m surprised that everybody keeps calling this a comic novel. I mean, I get it. But it’s an easy way not to talk about anything else. I would better understand it if they talked about it in a hyphenated way, to talk about it as a tragicomic novel, even. There’s comedy in the book, but there’s a bunch of other stuff in there, too.”

Ola Wihlke

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Korta listan: Man Booker Prize 2016

Man Booker-prisets korta lista har tillkännagivits och två av våra amerikanska favoriter har hängt med, Paul Beatty och Ottessa Moshfegh. Däremot gick inte JM Coetzee vidare från den långa listan, vilket var lite otippat. Det här är hela korta listan:

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The Sellout, Paul Beatty (Oneworld) Odds: 4.50

Det här ska vara samhällssatir på högsta nivå och enligt många amerikanska kritiker var det en av förra årets bästa böcker. Vinnare av National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Hot MilkDeborah Levy (Hamish Hamilton) Odds: 3

”Perfectly crafted portrait of a relationship in crisis”
The Independent

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His Bloody ProjectGraeme Macrae Burnet (Contraband) Odds: 6

Har beskrivits som det skotska svaret på den skandinaviska krimivågen. Det är med andra ord en sällsynt blodig historia.

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EileenOttessa Moshfegh (Jonathan Cape) Odds: 9

Det här är min stora favorit, en debutroman men mer eller mindre fulländad. Även om Moshfegh inte tilldelas priset i år, har hon alla förutsättningar att bli en stor litterär stjärna. Ur förlagets beskrivning:

”Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England, blending truenoir and the eerie, unforgettable books of Shirley Jackson and Flannery O’Connor, this mesmeric, terrifying, sublimely funny debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature.”

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All That Man IsDavid Szalay (Jonathan Cape) Odds: 5

”From billionaire to bodyguard to father-to-be, these stories about existentially marooned men are the work of a first-rate writer.”
The Guardian

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Do Not Say We Have NothingMadeleine Thien (Granta Books) Odds: 7

Ur recension i Financial Times: ”This is the third novel from Thien, a Canadian writer of Malaysian-Chinese heritage, and her most ambitious. It recalls the panoramic scale and domestic minutiae of the great 19th-century Russian writers, yet also references Chinese literary classics […] All the novel’s roads, real or imagined, lead to Tiananmen Square.”

Jag tycker att det skulle vara otroligt kul om Ottessa Moshfeg tilldelades priset, även om hon definitivt har oddsen emot sig. Men Eileen är verkligen något utöver det vanliga.

Ola Wihlke

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