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October 15, 2014

Meet the winner of Man Booker prize 2014


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The Australian novelist Richard Flanagan was awarded the prestigious 50,000-pound ($88,000) Man Booker Prize for the year 2014,  which was announced at an awards ceremony in London. He was honored with this award for his his wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. This Australian novelist from Tasmania has considered by many to be the finest Australian novelist of his generation, each of his novels has attracted major praise and received numerous awards and honours. He also has written and directed feature films.

About the The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North  is Richard Flanagan's sixth novel. The title was taken from 17th century haiku poet Matsuo Bashō's famous haibun, Oku no Hosomichi, best known in English as The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

This novel is set during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War II, which tells the story of prisoners of war on the Burma railway. This is the story of his father as a prisoner during war in a Japanese prison and was called a literary masterpiece by the jury. Questioning the meaning of heroism, the book explores what motivates acts of extreme cruelty and shows that perpetrators may be as much victims as those they abuse. This book was dedicated “to prisoner san byaku san ju go”- a reference to his father's Japanese prison number, 335.

Note : The British-Indian writer Neel Mukherjee, who was being stated as favourite to win this year's Man Booker Prize for his book "The Lives Of Others", could not make it possible.

Aditya Bhardwaj
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