As Associated Press reports, the acclaimed 1992 novel from Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje has been voted the greatest-ever victor of the Man Booker Prize in the 50-year history of the prestigious literary award.
Before the books faced a month-long public vote on the Man Booker website, all 51 previous winners were also considered by a panel of five judges, each of whom was asked to read the winning novels from one decade of the prize's history.
From 1970s, The Observer's Robert McCrum chose VS Naipaul's In a Free State; poet Lemn Sissay, reading the titles from the 1980s, went for Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger; novelist Kamila Shamsie's selection from the 1990s was The English Patient; Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall was nominated as the best of the 2000s by broadcaster Simon Mayo, and George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo topped poet Hollie McNish's reading of the 2010s Booker winners. The book was adapted into a 1996 film by Anthony Minghella. "It's intricately and rewardingly structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page", said Shamsie, as reported by the Guardian. And through all this, he makes you fall in love with his characters, live their joys and their sorrows. The organizing Committee praised her novel Flights ("Flights"), translated Jennifer Croft.
The English Patient, the 1992 Booker Prize victor, was declared the overall victor of the Golden Man Booker Prize in the 50 year history of the award at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.
"I'm confident that this special book, chosen by the public, will continue to stand the test of time and delight new readers for many more years to come". "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.
Last year's victor, "Lincoln in the Bardo", by George Saunders, was selected by the poet Hollie McNish.
We will remind, in may the victor of the International Booker prize in 2018 was the Polish writer with Ukrainian roots Olga Tokarchuk.