Heute wurde die Shortlist zum Man Booker Prize 2009 veröffentlicht. Die Jury wählte aus den 13 Titeln der Longlist, die am 28. Juli 2009 bekanntgegeben wurde, die folgenden 6 Titel in die Shortlist. Daraus wird am 06. Oktober 2009 der Gewinner oder die Gewinnerin des Man Booker 2009 ermittelt. Die Preisverleihung findet in der Guildhall in London statt.
The Children’s Book von Antonia S. Byatt
Olive Wellwood is a famous writer, interviewed with her children gathered at her knee. For each of them she writes a separate private book, bound in different colours and placed on a shelf. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world – but their lives, and those of their rich cousins, children of a city stockbroker, and their friends, the son and daughter of a curator at the new Victoria and Albert Museum, are already inscribed with mystery. Each family carries their own secrets. Into their world comes a young stranger, a working-class boy from the potteries, drawn by the beauty of the Museum’s treasures. And in midsummer a German puppeteer arrives, bringing dark dramas. The world seems full of promise but the calm is already rocked by political differences, by Fabian arguments about class and free love , by the idealism of anarchists from Russia and Germany. The sons rebel against their parents‘ plans; the girls dream of independent futures, becoming doctors or fighting for the vote. This vivid, rich and moving saga is played out against the great, rippling tides of the day, taking us from the Kent marshes to Paris and Munich and the trenches of the Somme. Born at the end of the Victorian era, growing up in the golden summers of Edwardian times, a whole generation grew up unaware of the darkness ahead. In their innocence, they were betrayed unintentionally by the adults who loved them. In a profound sense, this novel is indeed the children’s book.
Über die Autorin
A.S. Byatt is internationally acclaimed as a novelist, short story-writer and critic. Her books include Possession, and the quartet of The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman. She was appointed DBE in 1999.
Summertime von J M Coetzee
A young English biographer is working on a book about the late writer, John Coetzee. He plans to focus on the years from 1972-1977 when Coetzee, in his thirties, is sharing a run-down cottage in the suburbs of Cape Town with his widowed father. This, the biographer senses, is the period when he was ‚finding his feet as a writer‘. Never having met Coetzee, he embarks on a series of interviews with people who were important to him – a married woman with whom he had an affair, his favourite cousin Margot, a Brazilian dancer whose daughter had English lessons with him, former friends and colleagues. From their testimony emerges a portrait of the young Coetzee as an awkward, bookish individual with little talent for opening himself to others. Within the family he is regarded as an outsider, someone who tried to flee the tribe and has now returned, chastened. His insistence on doing manual work, his long hair and beard, rumours that he writes poetry evoke nothing but suspicion in the South Africa of the time. Sometimes heartbreaking, often very funny, „Summertime“ shows us a great writer as he limbers up for his task. It completes the majestic trilogy of fictionalised memoir begun with „Boyhood“ and „Youth“.
Über den Autor
J.M. Coetzee, geboren 1940 in Kapstadt, stammt aus einer Afrikaaner-Familie, wurde jedoch englischsprachig erzogen. 1962 verließ er erstmals Südafrika, um bei IBM in Großbritannien als Programmierer zu arbeiten. 1965 zog er in die USA, wo er 1969 über Beckett promovierte. Er kehrte 1972 als Literaturprofessor nach Südafrika zurück. Der internationale Durchbruch gelang ihm 1980 mit „Waiting for the Barbarians“. Er wurde für seine Romane mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet, u.a. zweimal mit dem Booker Prize. 2003 erhielt Coetzee den Nobelpreis für Literatur.
The Quickening Maze von Adam Foulds
Based on real events in Epping Forest on the edge of London around 1840, „The Quickening Maze“ centres on the first incarceration of the great nature poet John Clare. After years struggling with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, Clare finds himself in High Beach Private Asylum – an institution run on reformist principles which would later become known as occupational therapy. At the same time another poet, the young Alfred Tennyson, moves nearby and becomes entangled in the life and catastrophic schemes of the asylum’s owner, the peculiar, charismatic Dr Matthew Allen. For John Clare, a man who had grown up steeped in the freedoms and exhilarations of nature, who thought ‚the edge of the world was a day’s walk away‘, a locked door is a kind of death. This intensely lyrical novel describes his vertiginous fall, through hallucinatory episodes of insanity and dissolving identity, towards his final madness. Historically accurate, but brilliantly imagined, the closed world of High Beach and its various inmates – the doctor, his lonely daughter in love with Tennyson, the brutish staff and John Clare himself – are brought vividly to life. Outside the walls is Nature, and Clare’s paradise: the birds and animals, the gypsies living in the forest; his dream of home, of redemption, of escape. Rapturous yet precise, exquisitely written, rich in character and detail, this is a remarkable and deeply affecting book: a visionary novel which contains a world.
Wolf Hall von Hilary Mantel
‚Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,‘ says Thomas More, ‚and when you come back that night he’ll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks‘ tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.‘ England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey’s clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.
The Glass Room von Simon Mawer
Cool. Balanced. Modern. The precisions of science, the wild variance of lust, the catharsis of confession and the fear of failure – these are things that happen in the Glass Room. High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder of steel and glass and onyx built specially for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of 1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor’s lover and her child. But the house’s story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian, both the best and the worst of the history of Eastern Europe becomes somehow embodied and perhaps emboldened within the beautiful and austere surfaces and planes so carefully designed, until events come full-circle.
Über den Autor
Simon Mawer was born in 1948 in England, and spent his childhood there, in Cyprus and in Malta. He now lives with his wife and two children in Italy, and teaches at the English School in Rome.
Sarah Waters The Little Stranger (Little, Brown, Virago)
The Little Stranger von Sarah Waters
After her award-winning trilogy of Victorian novels, Sarah Waters turned to the 1940s and wrote THE NIGHT WATCH, a tender and tragic novel set against the backdrop of wartime Britain. Shortlisted for both the Orange and the Man Booker, it went straight to number one in the bestseller chart. In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his. Prepare yourself. From this wonderful writer who continues to astonish us, now comes a chilling ghost story.
Über die Autorin
Sarah Waters wurde 1966 in Wales geboren. Sie hat in englischer Literatur promoviert und zahlreiche Artikel in Kultur- und Literaturzeitschriften veröffentlicht. 1998 erhielt sie den New London Writers Award des London Arts Board. Buchveröffentlichungen, Auszeichnung mit dem Times Young Novelist of the Year Award und den Somerset Maugham Award.
Quelle: Man Booker Prize