New York: “Ragtime” novelist E.L. Doctorow and Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul were among the 14 finalists announced on Wednesday for the Man Booker International Prize, given every two years for lifetime achievement by a fiction writer who writes in English or whose work is widely available in English translation.
The list included three Americans—Doctorow, Joyce Carol Oates and Evan. S. Connell, author of the novels ‘Mr Bridge’ and ‘Mrs Bridge.’
Popular pick: File photo of V.S. Naipaul with wife Nadira. Jonas Ekstromer / AFP
Naipaul is a native of Trinidad who lives in England.
The prize is worth around $85,000 (Rs43.69 lakh) and the winner will be announced in May.
Also cited were Australia’s Peter Carey, Mahasweta Devi, Scottish author James Kelman, Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru, Arnost Lustig of the Czech Republic, Canadian short story writer Alice Munro, Italy’s Antonio Tabucchi, Kenyan Ngugi Wa Thiong’O, Dubravka Ugresic of Croatia and Ludmila Ulitskaya of Russia.
Previous winners of the prize, founded in 2004, are Ismail Kadare of Albania and Nigerian author Chinua Achebe.