Booker Prize 2021: The Promise by Damon Galgut

estimated reading time: 3 minutes She doesn’t consciously know it but there is a somewhat festive air outside, because yesterday was a public holiday, Youth Day, nineteen years since the Soweto uprising, and today it’s the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, South Africa is playing France later, and the pavements throb and throng with bodies. Never did the middle of town look like this, so many … Continua a leggere Booker Prize 2021: The Promise by Damon Galgut

Booker Prize 2021: Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed

estimated reading time: 4 minutes They have created a man – no, a Frankenstein’s monster – and branded it with his name before setting it loose. Standing there, shoulders sagging, in the Law Courts, in Cardiff, in Bilad al-Welsh, he feels the blows of their lies like a man shot with arrows. They are blind to Mahmood Hussein Mattan and all his real manifestations: the … Continua a leggere Booker Prize 2021: Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed

Booker Prize 2021: Bewilderment by Richard Powers

estimated reading time: 4 minutes They share a lot, astronomy and childhood. Both are voyages across huge distances. Both search for facts beyond their grasp. Both theorize wildly and let possibilities multiply without limits. Both are humbled every few weeks. Both operate out of ignorance. Both are mystified by time. Both are forever starting out. Richard Powers’ Bewilderment makes you think, it leaves a mark. … Continua a leggere Booker Prize 2021: Bewilderment by Richard Powers