George Saunders’ ‘Lincoln in a Bardo’ wins 2017 Man Booker prize

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LONDON (Reuters) – American author George Saunders has won a 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his initial novel, “Lincoln in a Bardo,” – a illusory comment of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln burying his immature son.

In his acceptance speech, Saunders, 58, remarkable that “we live in a bizarre time,” adding he saw a pivotal doubt of a epoch being either multitude responded to events with “exclusion and disastrous projection and violence,” or “with love.”

Saunders was a second uninterrupted American author to win a prize, after a manners were altered in 2014 to concede authors of any book created in English and published in a U.K. to compete.

His novel, set in 1862, a year into a American Civil war, is a mix of chronological accounts and talented fiction, that sees Lincoln’s son Willie, who died in a White House during age 11, in “Bardo” – a Tibetan form of purgatory.

The judging panel, led by author and member of Britain’s House of Lords Lola Young, praised a “deeply moving” book, observant it was “utterly original”.

Saunders was presented with his endowment by a Duchess of Cornwall.

Last year, American Paul Beatty became a initial American to win a award, for his novel “The Sellout,” a satirical joke on competition family in a United States.

Other prior winners have enclosed this year’s Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie, Iris Murdoch and Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

The endowment was formerly open usually to writers from Britain, Ireland, Zimbabwe or countries in a British Commonwealth. The leader receives a 50,000 bruise ($65,000) money prize.

(This story has been corrected to make transparent Duchess of Cornwall presented award)

Reporting by Mark Hanrahan in London; Additional stating by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney

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