12 Quite Interesting Facts About The Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is in its 45th year. It was called the Booker Prize from 1969 to 2001. From 2002 the prize became the Man Booker Prize when the Man Group plc came on board as sponsor.
Follow this link to see a full List of Winners and Shortlisted Authors of the Booker Prize for Fiction
Sasha Weiss on Adelle Waldman’s brilliant debut, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P
“It’s not a comforting book, but it offers a mercilessly clear view into a man’s mind as he grows tired of a worthy woman. And bracing truth can be its own consolation.”
Illustration by Jacques de Loustal
Gather around children. It’s time to tell you of our wonderful, terrible, tragic friends the humans. The ancient ones still speak of their clever ways, in fact it’s even rumored that they were nearly as intelligent as us. We’re told that they were strange in appearance as they had been forced to evolve most abnormally in order to accommodate their mysterious exodus from our share ancestral home. Sadly today they live only in our memories, and no one can say with any certainty what exactly became of these once noble creatures. We suspect that it may have been due to their insane fascination with recreating the powers of the universe. Perhaps a Thermonuclear Accident, or intentional mutual destruction. Their endless growth and expansionism might have even exhausted their seemingly infinite resources. It’s quite possible that they literally starved themselves into extinction. Let me now for a moment take you back into the distant past. I will speak of an age long before even the ever changing seasons marked the endless passage of time. As the two great civilizations of the day, it was agreed upon that they would dominion over the land and sky above the waters, and our beloved oceans would be ours to cherish and protect. Under this partnership our fragile and beautiful planet thrived and grew through countless millennia. Though it seemed destined to last forever, something changed in our dear friends. They grew steadily more selfish, uncaring, and even violent. They waged horrific wars against their own kind. Millions murdered for reasons beyond any rational comprehension. Their hearts could have been poisoned by greed. They may have even simply fallen asleep, the victims of a curse placed on them by their jealous warlike gods. Whatever the reason, their hearts grew cold, their thoughts and deeds ever more dangerous. In their uncaring manner, they destroyed the finite resources of the land and caused grievous harm to our ocean home as well. We were nearly forced to resort to violent confrontation with our once dearest friends. Thankfully sanity prevailed, as we realized that no one could possibly survive a war with such apocalyptic consequences. Though tragic, in the end they somehow destroyed themselves. Ironically the Earth may actually be all the better for this, yet they were once very dear to us and to the Earth herself. Despite their fatal flaws, they once were our noble and trusted friends. Children please learn from them. We should remember them and we should honor their memory, but we must never, never become like them.