>> The winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction is Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders.>>
>> Author George Saunders has won literature's coveted Man Booker Prize for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo. Making him the second consecutive American to swipe the coveted award. Receiving the prize in London from Britain's Duchess of Cornwall Camilla the wife of Prince Charles.
Lincoln in the Bardo is a historical fiction work centered on President Abraham Lincoln burying his 11 year old son Willy during the American Civil War. And spoiler alert, it describes the young in a Tibetan form of purgatory called Bardo. Saunders reflecting on the modern day United States at the award ceremony.
>> In the US now we're hearing a lot about the need to protect culture. Well this tonight is culture. It's international culture, it's compassionate culture, it's activist culture. It's a room full of believers through the word and ambiguity and beauty and then trying to see the other person's point of view even when that's hard
>> Saunders follows up author Paul Bitty who won last year for his book The Sellout. A satire on race in the United States, making two American winners since the award was first opened up to authors outside the British Commonwealth nations three years ago. Past winners have included Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, and this year's Nobel Prize winner, Kazuo Ishiguro.