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American Paul Beatty wins Man Booker Prize

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American Paul Beatty wins Man Booker Prize

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>> The Sellout, by Paul Beatty.
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>> The first American ever to win the Man Booker Prize, Paul Beatty, awarded for his biting satire on race relations in the United States. The Sellout is narrated by an African-American called Bonbon. He tries to put his Californian town back on the map after it's been officially removed.
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Bonbon's method, reintroducing slavery and segregation in it's high school. The language is uncompromising and may offend some readers, so might some of the content. The judges took four hours to reach a unanimous decision.>> I think it is a huge amount of money, obviously, for a writer to win, but on top of that the recognition and the readers you gain as a winner, and indeed, as a short listed author for the Man Booker Prize are as if not more significant and important.
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All writers want to be read, and I think that's the reason prizes like the Man Booker exist.>> The Sellout is 54 year old Beatty's fourth novel.