George Saunders Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize for 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

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U.S. author George Saunders became only the second American writer to win Britain's renowned Man Booker Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel "Lincoln in the Bardo".

In his acceptance speech, Saunders, 58, noted that "we live in a unusual time", adding he saw the key question of the era being whether society responded to events with "exclusion and negative projection and violence", or "with love/". This year's Man Booker Prize shortlist pitted three U.S. and three British writers against one another. It is based on a real visit former US President Abraham Lincoln made in 1862 to the body of his son in a Washington cemetery.

The judges of The Man Booker Prize are chosen from a wide range of disciplines including critics, writers, academics, poets, politicians, actors and "all with a passion for quality fiction".

Baroness Young of Hornsey, chairwoman of the judging committee, said that it was an utterly original novel with a "witty, intelligent and deeply moving narrative".

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First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is recognised as one of the most prestigious in the literary world, with previous winners including Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan.

Saunders won the award for "Lincoln in the Bardo", his first full-length novel. The other nominations for the 2017 Man Booker Prize include: Paul Auster's 4321; Emily Fridlund's History of Wolves; Ali Smith's Autumn; Mohsin Hamid's Exit West; and Fiona Mozley's Elmet.

The award, announced at a black-tie dinner at the Guildhall in London, was previously open only to writers from Britain, Ireland, Zimbabwe or countries in the British Commonwealth.

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