Já temos ‘longlist’ para o Man Booker Prize 2009

Anunciados há poucos minutos, eis os 13 títulos:

The Children’s Book, de A.S. Byatt (Chatto and Windus)
Summertime, de J.M. Coetzee (Harvill Secker)
The Quickening Maze, de Adam Foulds (Jonathan Cape)
How to paint a dead man, de Sarah Hall (Faber and Faber)
The Wilderness, de Samantha Harvey (Jonathan Cape)
Me Cheeta, de James Lever (Fourth Estate)
Wolf Hall, de Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
The Glass Room, de Simon Mawer (Little, Brown)
Not Untrue & Not Unkind, de Ed O’Loughlin (Penguin)
Heliopolis, de James Scudamore (Harvill Secker)
Brooklyn, de Colm Tóibín (Viking)
Love and Summer, de William Trevor (Viking)
The Little Stranger, de Sarah Waters (Virago)

James Naughtie, presidente do júri, colocou nos píncaros as expectativas quanto à qualidade média da edição deste ano:

«The five Man Booker judges have settled on thirteen novels as the longlist for this year’s prize. We believe it to be one of the strongest lists in recent memory, with two former winners, four past-shortlisted writers, three first-time novelists and a span of styles and themes that make this an outstandingly rich fictional mix.
We considered more than 130 novels (including the work of nine former winners) and found ourselves travelling in a fertile landscape. We kept discovering new talent as well as reacquainting ourselves with familiar writers, and emerged with a feeling that we were part of an exceptional year.
Our fiction is in the hands of original and dedicated writers with fresh and appealing voices. This is an eclectic list, taking us from the court of Henry VIII to the Hollywood jungle, with stops along the way in a nineteenth century Essex asylum, an African warzone and a futuristic Brazilian city among other places.
These are books that readers will want to get their hands on.»

O press-release da organização do Man Booker Prize pode ser lido aqui.


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