Nobel laureate and Pulitzer winner compete for Booker

Photo: AP Kazuo Ishiguro

Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers are among 13 authors competing for the prestigious Booker literary prize, news wires reported.

The British writer of Japanese origin Kazuo Ishiguro, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017, is on the longlist for the £50,000 prize. He will compete for it with the novel Klara and the Sun - a story about love and humanity, narrated by an android. This is Ishiguro's fourth Booker nomination. He previously won the prize in 1989 for his novel The Remains of the Day.

The American author Richard Powers is nominated for his novel Bewilderment. In 2019 he won the Booker for The Overstory.

Other previous Booker contenders on this year's list include South Africa's Damon Galgut for The Promise, British writer Sunjeev Sahota for China Room and Canada's Mary Lawson for A Town Called Solace.

The Booker Prize was founded in 1969 and originally, until 2014, only authors from the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth could be nominated for it. From 2014 on, all authors writing in English, regardless of their nationality, can compete for the prize if their novels have been published in the UK.

Last year's winner was Scottish writer Douglas Stuart for his debut novel Shuggie Bain.

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