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Nigerian novelist, Achebe won International Prize for fiction
Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe has won the 2007 Man Booker International
Prize for fiction, it was announced in London yesterday. Achebe beat other
nominees including Philip Roth, Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan. The $120,000 prize
is awarded every two years for a body of fiction.
His award capped a triumphant month for Nigerian authors as Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie last week landed the Orange Prize, one of the literary world's top
awards for women writers.
The International Man Booker award is granted every two years to a living
author for his achievements in fiction.
Elaine Showalter, who headed the judging panel, said the winner had
"inaugurated the modern African novel."
Achebe, 76, has written more than 20 books - including novels, short stories,
essays and poetry - but is best known for his first novel Things Fall Apart
(1958), and for another published more than 30 years later, Anthills of the
"Chinua Achebe's early work made him the father of modern African literature
as an integral part of world literature," said novelist Nadine Gordimer, one
of the three judges for the award.
"In Things Fall Apart and his other fiction set in Nigeria, Chinua Achebe
inaugurated the modern African novel," said another judge, academic Elaine
"He also illuminated the path for writers around the world seeking new words
and forms for new realities and societies. We honor his literary example and
achievements, "He also il
Achebe's work centers on African politics, the way Africa and Africans are
depicted in the West and the effects of colonization on African societies.
In all, 15 writers from Canada, Britain, the United States, Australia,
Ireland, France, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria and the Netherlands were shortlisted for
the 2007 Man Booker International Prize for fiction award.
In addition to Achebe, the contenders included three Canadians - Atwood,
Michael Ondaatje and short-story writer Alice Munro - and two Americans, Roth and
Also nominated were three Britons - McEwan, Salman Rushdie and Doris Lessing
- Ireland's John Banville, Australia's Peter Carey, Mexico's Carlos Fuentes,
Israel's Amos Oz, France's Michel Tournier and Dutch writer Harry Mulisch.
Launched in 2004 as a spin-off from Britain's prestigious Booker Prize
awarded for a single novel by a writer from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of
former British colonies. You can purchase his books from www.edunow.com