Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker Prize 2014

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Richard Flanagan is the winner of coveted literary award 'Man Booker Prize' this year for his book 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North'. 

Indian-origin author Neel Mukherjee was also in the contention for this coveted title with five others.

About the Man

  • He is only the 3rd Australian to win this honour; Thomas Kenneally and Peter Carey being the previous two.
  • The book is inspired by his father life as a Japanese 'Prisoner of War' during which he was one of the forced labourer in the construction of 'Death Railway'.

Death Railway??

  • The line, built by Japan in 1943, was meant to support its forces in the Burma during World War II.
  • Over a lakh of the workers died due to extreme work condition.
  • The link used to connect Burmese capital of Rangoon to Thai capital Bangkok.

Other books in fray

  • "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Jay Fowler (US)
  • "To Rise Again at a Decent Hour" by Joshua Ferris (US)
  • "J" by Howard Jacobson (UK)
  • "The Lives of Others" by Neel Mukherjee (UK) 
  • "How to be Both" by Ali Smith (UK).

Points to Remember

  • Authors writing in English from all corners of the globe are eligible for the prize from this year (2014) onward.
  • Earlier, only authors from Britain, Ireland, Zimbabwe and other Commonwealth countries were eligible.
  • Eleanor Catton, the winner of Man Booker Prize 2013, is the youngest writer to win this literary honour.
  • Hilary Mantel, the winner of Man Booker Prize 2012, was the first woman and first Briton to win this award twice.
  • She received them for her novels "wolf hall" in 2009, and "Bring up the Bodies" in 2012.
  • The 'Man' in Man Booker Prize is a world-leading alternative investment management company.

India at the Award

  • Aravind Adiga (2008) for "The White Tiger"
  • Kiran Desai (2006) for "The Inheritance of Loss"
  • Arundhati Roy (1997) for "The God of Small Things"    
  • Salman Rushdie* (1981) for "Midnight's Children"
  • VS Naipaul* (1971) for "In a Free State"

*Indian-origin foreign citizens

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