The Man Booker Prize has been undergoing many changes in recent years. Traditionally the prize was designated for authors from Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries, but now any authors writing in the English language are eligible. This means that the United States has yet another way to show its exceptionalism (not that it needed any reason). You probably will notice that out of the thirteen books in the ‘long list,’ five of them are from the USA. As disagreeable as this seems, I like to look at it as a subtle British wink at the United States … a reminder that America is still considered “the colonies.”
What do you think of this year’s Man Booker longlist?