The jury of the Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, has unanimously decided rebel against their own standards and award a joint prize this year. He has also done it, recognizing the value of two novels written by women: Testamenos from Margaret Atwood and Girl, Woman, Other from Bernardine Evaristo.
In 1992 the organization decided to include a rule that avoided future draws such as the one that occurred that year between writers Michael Ondaatje and Barry Unsworth. However, on this occasion and after more than five hours of deliberations, the jury could not agree. Peter Florence, its president, explained during the delivery ceremony that, the more they talked about them, the more they wanted them to win both.
This is the second time Margaret Atwood has signed up a Booker in her career. The first time was in 2000 with The blind killer and now he repeats again with his expected continuation of The maid's tale, the novel that continues the book published in 1985, fifteen years after the point where the story stayed.
The jury highlighted that it is about a work of "beautiful depth" and that "it is currently more politically urgent than ever because it is necessary to know what complicity, resilience and resistance look like."
In this way, Atwood has become the first woman to win twice the Man Booker and the fourth person to get it in 50 years of history, including J.M, Coetzee.
However, these are not the only unprecedented milestones that have been given in this edition of the award. The British Bernardine Evaristo is also the first black woman to win one of these awards.
He has achieved it with his eighth novel, Girl, Woman, Other; which in each of its chapters tells the life of a different character, mostly black women whose destinies are united.
The jury has argued the election for being "stories of people that have not been widely represented in contemporary literature", something with which they consider that the book" breaks molds "and they hope that" it inspires the rest of the industry "to give them more room.
Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo, the winners of the 2019 Booker Prizes Award.
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Another peculiarity is that, this year for the first time in the history of Man Booker none of the finalists was a white man. In total, being authors from different countries among which Atwood and Evaristo have finally won. The only downside is that both authors will have to distribute the economic prize of 50,000 pounds (more than 57,000 euros) with which the award is endowed.
Photos | Instagrams by Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood.
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