onsdag 26 oktober 2016

Vinnaren av Man Booker Prize 2016

Det är mycket fokus på Augustpriset på bloggen nu, men igår blev det faktiskt klart vem som är 2016 års vinnare av det prestigefyllda Bookerpriset, och det är ju också väldigt intressant. Från den korta listan med sex titlar, utsågs The Sellout av Paul Beatty till vinnare.

Romanen beskrivs så här:

"Born in the ‘agrarian ghetto’ of Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles and raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe his father’s pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realises there never was a memoir. All that’s left is the bill for a drive-through funeral.
Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town’s most famous resident – Hominy Jenkins – he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school which lands him in the Supreme Court.
What follows is a remarkable journey that challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement and the holy grail of racial equality – the black Chinese restaurant."

Det låter som en riktigt intressant och ovanlig romanidé. The Sellout hamnar i fint sällskap på min vill-läsa-lista. Ska bara ta mig an sex spännande Augustprisnomineringar först... 

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