5 best books in the last half century
July 8 The Booker Prize, one of the most important in contemporary literature, will announce the best book in the last 50 years. Meanwhile, while the jury called the shortlist of five nominees.
“English patient”, Michael Ondatzhe
The most famous participant of the short-list of the award is the novel “English patient” by Michael Ondatzhe. World fame in 1996, he brought a film adaptation – the eponymous film with Juliette Binoche and Raf Fiennes, who was nominated for 12 Oscars, and took out nine of them. The Canadian writer Michael Ondatzhe released his novel in 1992: a touching, poetic story about an “English patient” dying in a deserted Italian monastery during World War II instantly became a bestseller. In 1992, the book received the Booker Prize.
“Wolf Hall”, Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel is one of the most talked about names in literary circles, but it’s not about literature, but about gender and political issues. The 65-year-old Englishwoman is the only woman who won the Booker Prize twice. Writer, winner of a dozen literary awards, the commander of the British Empire, received her order from the hands of Queen Elizabeth II, litcrick, and in the past also a social worker and an avid traveler. Booker Prize she received for the novel “Wolf Hall”. The “Mintel” is a historical genre: it is the author of a trilogy (it includes the “Wolf Hall”) about the era of Henry VIII, written on behalf of Thomas Cromwell, the King’s counselor and the main ideologist of the English Reformation.
“Moon Tiger”, Penelope Lively
Penelope Lively is one of the most successful children’s authors in England. She began as the author of children’s fiction, and for 40 years managed to create more than 20 novels for children and adolescents. The Booker Prize, however, received for the “adult” text – the novel “Moon Tiger”, which tells of the love of the journalist Claudia and the military Tom in Egypt, against the backdrop of World War II.
“In a free state”, Vidiadhar Naipol
Vidiadhar Naipol is an English writer of Indian descent, a graduate of Oxford and a Nobel Prize laureate in literature in 2001. “In a free state” – his most famous and most successful novel. This is a discussion of freedom, which the author veils in three stories: an Indian diplomat and his adventures in the United States; travel of the inhabitants of one African state and the history of a poor British family, one of whose sons was obliged to receive a prestigious education. The novel was released in 1971.
“Lincoln in the Bardo,” George Saunders
The action of the novel “Lincoln in the Bardo” lasts only one night – February 20, 1962. President Abraham Lincoln arranges a grand reception at the White House, meanwhile from typhoid fever his 11-year-old son dies. Lincoln goes to the family crypt and mourns his son there. Bardo is a Buddhist state, which means a gap, a transition – between the beginning of dying and the departure of the soul from the body.