Man Booker nomination list has more women than man this year
This year's Man Booker nominations is touted as one of the most diverse in the history of the award. The nomination list is remarkable in another sense that out of six nominated authors four are women. Jhumpa Lahiri, Indian author based in US is nominated for her book the 'Lowland' this year along with other six authors. This is her fourth novel and her most popular novel was the Namesake. The authors nominated for the award lives across the world such as Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and New Zealand.
Robert Macfarlane, chair of the judges this year said that this shows that English novel is a part of world
literature. He further added, “It is an exceptionally international and exceptionally varied shortlist. What connects them is connection. They are all about ways of connecting: technological, familial, emotional and in one case elemental. There are also inevitably about connections in reverse: loss, grief, separation, exile and dispossession. In some ways, these novels are all about the strange ways in which people are brought together and the painful ways in which they are held apart.”
Jhumpa Lahiri, who is the Indian author and has been nominated, has dealt with varied subjects in her other books. This time through her latest novel (which is about to be released this September) talks about two Bengali brothers, who grows in Calcutta at the 1950's and 60's. Inspite of the same upbringing and the environment, the author has been successful in sketching the differences between the characters of these two brothers.
The other five shortlisted novels, as reported by The Hindu, are We Need New Names by the young Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The Harvest by Jim Crace, A Tale for the Time Being by the Ruth Ozeki and The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. It is worth mentioning that this year for the first time the Man Booker has the first black African women nominated for the award.