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Posted at: Sep 14, 2017, 1:58 AM; last updated: Sep 14, 2017, 12:02 PM (IST)

Arundhati out of Man Booker race

Arundhati out of Man Booker race

New Delhi, September 13

Arundhati Roy’s latest novel “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” has failed to make the cut for the shortlist of six books for The Man Booker Prize (Fiction) 2017.

Among the novels that have made it to the shortlist are Paul Auster’s “4321”, “History of Wolves” by Emily Fridlund, the much deserving “Exit West” by Pakistani-UK writer Mohsin Hamid, “Elmet” by Fiona Mozley, “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders and Ali Smith’s “Autumn”.

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This shortlist of the Man Booker Prize (Fiction) 2017 was whittled down from the longlist of 13 books to make a further compelling race between six novels that are running for the much coveted prize.

The competition is judged by Baroness Lola Young (Chair), Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips and Colin Thubron. Roy’s novel was considered among the top competitors for the race and was earlier described as a “significant” work of fiction.

  Last year’s winner was “The Sellout by Paul Beatty”.  Earlier this year, the International Prize was won by Israel’s David Grossman with “A Horse Walks Into A Bar”.  The announcement of the shortlist precedes the prize-giving ceremony on October 17. — IANS

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