Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker Prize 2014
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'.
- 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