literature | July 24, 2019

Two Lavin Speakers—Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie—Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize

The leading literary award for original fiction written in the English language, The Booker Prize, has announced its much anticipated long list for 2019. Nominated this year are two Lavin speakers—and both former winners as well—Margaret Atwood and Sir Salman Rushdie.

Having won for The Blind Assassin in 2000, Atwood is nominated for the sequel to her timeless classic The Handmaid’s Tale, titled The Testaments. Set to be one of the biggest books of 2019. Taking place fifteen years after the first novel’s ending, the judges call it “terrifying an exhilarating”—and that’s all they can say: it’s so hotly anticipated it required a nondisclosure agreement so airtight they can’t provide even the where, who or how of the story.

The 2019 Booker Prize longlist announced


Rushdie once again makes the Booker longlist for his upcoming tour-de-force Quichotte: A Novel, having previously won both the Booker, and the “Booker of Bookers” (recognizing the best novel to win the Booker in its first 25 years) for Midnight’s Children in 1981. Quichotte It tells the story of a writer of mediocre spy novels who, inspired by Cervantes’ Don Quixote, decides instead to create Quichotte: a mixed-up salesman obsessed with television. By deftly intertwining Quichotte’s picaresque, profoundly human adventure through America in pursuit of the love of a TV star and his creator’s own story, Rushdie mirrors a modern age where memory and truth, and fact and fiction, are so often indiscernible.


Atwood and Rushdie are joined by only eleven other authors in contending for the prestigious prize. The 51st annual Booker Prize will be awarded October 10th, 2019.


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