Ondaatje's The English Patient wins Golden Booker Prize

11 July, 2018, 21:27 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Dame Hilary Mantel Booker Prize winning author at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

The English Patient, by Sri Lankan-born Canadian literary icon Michael Ondaatje, has won the Golden Man Booker Prize.

The Canadian writer's tale of love and conflict during the Second World War was named victor of the Golden Man Booker Prize for fiction at a ceremony in London on Sunday.

At Golden Man Booker Live, judge Kamila Shamsie discussed why she had chosen The English Patient as her victor of the 1990s, before an extract of the book was performed by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael Ondaatje was presented with his golden trophy. "As we celebrate the prize's 50th anniversary, it's a testament to the impact and legacy of the Man Booker Prize that all of the winning books are still in print", she added.

The Golden Booker was held in 2018 to mark 50 successful years of the much coveted literary prize. The contest aimed to select the best book to win the Man Booker Prize, which was first awarded in 1969.

The list even included "Moon tiger", Penelope lively, 1987, "Wolf hall", Hilary Mantel, 2009, "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders, "In a free state" Vidyadhara Napola.

The English Patient is a tale on love and conflict and according to Judge Kamila Shamsie, it is a "rare novel which gets under your skin".

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The English Patient, the 1992 Booker Prize victor, was declared the overall victor of the Golden Man Booker Prize in the 50 year history of the award at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.

"Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative".

At the ceremony, Ondaatje said he had not re-read The English Patient, "which moves between a nurse tending a horribly burned man in an Italian villa at the end of the second world war and a tragic love affair from his past, since 1992".

The prize was founded in 1968 and the first victor was named in 1969. The book won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.

The Fund's Chairman of the Booker prize, Baroness Helena Kennedy in a statement following the vote, called the novel "the English patient" "the thrill of working in the field of fiction, poetic and philosophical".

His latest novel is "Warlight", which was released in May and follows two siblings separated from their parents in London in 1945.

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