Founded in 1969, the Man Booker prize was originally open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers, but eligibility was expanded in 2014 to all English-language novelists.
As Associated Press reports, the acclaimed 1992 novel from Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje has been voted the greatest-ever victor of the Man Booker Prize in the 50-year history of the prestigious literary award.
The judges were Robert McCrum, who choseIn A Free Stateby VS Naipaul for the 1970s, Lemn Sissay, who chose Moon Tigerby Penelope Lively for the 1980s, Kamila Shamsie, who choseThe English Patientby Michael Ondaatje for the 1990s, Simon Mayo, who choseWolf Hallby Hilary Mantel for the noughties, and Hollie McNish, who choseLincoln In The Bardoby George Saunders for the 2010s.
A panel of judges selected five books from among the 51 winners of the Booker, a prize that has boosted the careers of writers such as Ian McEwan, Arundhati Roy and Kazuo Ishiguro. He paid tribute to the late "The English Patient" film director, Anthony Minghella, "who I suspect had something to do with the result of this vote". The victor was revealed at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.
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"It's intricately (and rewardingly) structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page", Shamsie said."Ondaatje's imagination acknowledges no borders as it moves between Cairo, Italy, India, England, Canada - and between deserts and villas and bomb craters". The Golden Man Booker victor was revealed at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre. The organizing Committee praised her novel Flights ("Flights"), translated Jennifer Croft. The book won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.
Last year's victor, "Lincoln in the Bardo", by George Saunders, was selected by the poet Hollie McNish.
The prize was founded in 1968 and the first victor was named in 1969.