‘The English Patient’ wins Golden Man Booker Prize

11 July, 2018, 11:41 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient wins prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize

Author Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient was voted as the best-ever victor of the Man Booker Prize at an event Sunday celebrating 50 years of the prestigious literary award. The one-off award, voted for by the public, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker prize. The novel had won the Booker prize in 1992 and movie was made on it featuring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche in 1996, which won 9 Academy Awards.

While Ondaatje's "English Patient" listed for the "90s, 'In a Free State by V.S. Naipul represented the '70s, 'Moon Tiger" by Penelope Lively stood for the '80s, Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall was selected for the 2000s, and last year's victor Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders was chosen for the ongoing '10s.

Founded in 1969, the Man Booker prize was originally open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers, but eligibility was expanded in 2014 to all English-language novelists.

"I am honoured as well as very surprised to receive this award for The English Patient, as I was to be in the company of the other remarkable nominees", said Ondaatje in a statement from his publisher, Penguin Random House.


The award Ondatje brought his novel "the English patient", written in 1992.

Judge Kamila Shamsie said it was "that rare novel which gets under your skin". "It's intricately (and rewardingly) structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page..." The Golden Man Booker victor was revealed at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre.

Booker Prize Foundation chair Baroness Helena Kennedy said the story was "a compelling work of fiction".

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.

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