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Michael Ondaatje's English Patient voted best Booker victor

Michael Ondaatje's English Patient voted best Booker victor

Author Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient was voted as the best-ever victor of the Man Booker Prize at an event Sunday celebrating 50 years of the prestigious literary award.

The Golden Man Booker, the one-off award marking the Man Booker Prize's 50thanniversary celebrations, was chosen by the public and revealed on Sunday. Ondaatje's "The English Patient" also won a Governor General's Literary Award.

Ondaatje, accepting the prize at the Man Booker Festival in London, didn't share Shamsie's enthusiasm about his novel, the Guardian reports.

Ondaatje said he did not believe "for a second" that his book was the best.

"The English patient is an integral part of fiction, poetic and philosophical". "While we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the award, that all the books-winners are still printed, is a Testament to her award, influence and heritage", - said the Baroness.

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The 1970s finalist was "In a Free State" by Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul, while "Moon Tiger" by British writer Penelope Lively was the 1980s contender.

At the ceremony, Ondaatje said he had not re-read The English Patient, "which moves between a nurse tending a horribly burned man in an Italian villa at the end of the second world war and a tragic love affair from his past, since 1992".

"The English Patient is that rare novel which gets under your skin and insists you return to it time and again, always yielding a new surprise or delight", said the novelist.

We will remind, in may the victor of the International Booker prize in 2018 was the Polish writer with Ukrainian roots Olga Tokarchuk. The English Patient shared the Man Booker Prize with Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth. The organizing Committee praised her novel Flights ("Flights"), translated Jennifer Croft.

They couldn't call it the Best of the Booker because that was awarded in 2008 to celebrate the prize's 40th anniversary (and went to Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children"). He is one of only two authors whose work has won the Booker Prize and an Oscar, and his latest novel, Warlight, has just been published by Jonathan Cape.


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