Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Peter Carey on Booker shortlist

Australian novelist Peter Carey who has won the Booker Prize twice before is among the six shortlisted for this year’s award, it was announced on Tuesday, Sep 7.

If he gets it again he would become the first writer to have won it three times.

Carey, who previously won for Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2001), has been picked this year for Parrot and Olivier in America, a fictional biography of the philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville.

The novel has been widely acclaimed for the scale of its ambition and its "exuberant imagery’’ but the bookies’ favourite for the £50,000 was said to be the London-based novelist Tom McCarthy’s "C", described as the "story of the birth, life and death of Serge Carrefax, an Englishman born in 1898’’. It has been called a "modern-day Ulysses’’ in its approach to the idea of a novel. The Guardian said it was like a "1960s-style anti-novel that's fundamentally hostile to the notion of character and dramatises, or encodes, a set of ideas concerning subjectivity’’.

Full report here Hindu

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