Man Booker shortlist includes Paul Auster, George Sauders, Ali Smith
Writer Ali Smith is shown in this file photo. AFP / Leon Neal)
Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:10AM EDT
This year's Man Booker Prize shortlist has been revealed, with six novels said to "collectively push against the borders of convention," according to Chair of Judges Lola Young.
Paul Auster's "4 3 2 1" has made it to the next round, as has fellow American author George Sauders' debut novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo."
Ali Smith's "Autumn" has also made the cut, marking the Scottish author's fourth time on the shortlist. Mohsin Hamid, a U.K.-Pakistani author who is being considered for his book "Exit West," is also a previously shortlisted author.
The final two authors included on the shortlist are also the youngest two writers from the longlist: U.S. author Emily Fridlund with "History of Wolves" and Fiona Mozley of the UK with "Elmet."
The shortlist was whittled down from a 13-strong longlist that also included Zadie Smith's "Swing Time," Sebastian Barry's "Days Without End," Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" and Arundhati Roy's "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," among other works.
Lola Young called the shortlisted works "a group of novels grown from tradition but also radical and contemporary."
The winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize will be revealed October 17 in London.