Susanna Clarke wins Women's Prize for FictionEuropost
Writer Susanna Clarke has won Britain's Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 for her novel Piranesi. It is written in the genre of magical realism and was published in 2020, 16 years after Clarke's debut work Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which has become a bestseller worldwide.
The narrator in Piranesi is a man who lives in a labyrinth-like castle filled with statues. He is completely alone, except for a visitor whom he calls the Other. This is his whole universe. While he is exploring it, his worldview is changing.
Writer Bernardine Evaristo, who chaired the panel of judges, said that “Clarke had created a world beyond our wildest imagination that also tells us something profound about what it is to be human”.
Susanna Clarke is 61 years old. She suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and has dedicated her award to women struggling with long illness.
The Women's Prize for Fiction was established in 1996, after the fact that in the previous five years none of the shortlisted books for the Booker Prize was written by a woman. Female authors of any nationality and their novels written in English can compete for it. Its previous name was Orange Prize for Fiction. The bronze sculpture of the prize is called the Bessie and is accompanied by a check for £30,000 ($41,000). The award has been won before by Ann Patchett, Marilynne Robinson, Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith.