Thirteen books made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, announced Wednesday in London. Leading the list is South African author J.M. Coetzee for his novel “The Schooldays of Jesus,” an allegory about an immigrant boy who loses his parents and must find his way in a new land. Coetzee received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 and has won the Man Booker Prize twice previously.
Five American writers are on this year’s list, including Paul Beatty, whose satirical novel about race in America, “The Sellout,” won the National Book Critics Circle Award in March. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout made the list with her novel about a complicated mother-daughter relationship, “My Name Is Lucy Barton.”
The other Americans nominated are David Means for “Hystopia,” Ottessa Moshfegh for “Eileen” and Virginia Reeves for “Work Like Any Other.”
The Man Booker Prize, which comes with a £50,000 award (about $66,000), is given to an outstanding work of fiction written by authors of any nationality, written in English and published in the United Kingdom between October 2015 and September 2016. The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges drawn from the literary world. A shortlist of six titles will be announced on Sept. 13, and the winner will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Oct. 25.
The Man Booker Prize has been awarded annually since 1969. Past recipients include Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel and Marlon James.