London, Sep 3: India-born author Salman Rushdie's latest work 'Quichotte' has been shortlisted for one of the highest literary awards, Booker Prize for Fiction 2019, a statement said here on Tuesday.
The acclaimed author's latest work found a space in six books selected this year for the prestigious prize. The 72-year-old author is already a receiver of the prize for his masterpiece 'Midnight's Children'
The 2019 winner will be announced on October 14 at an award ceremony at London and will receive 50,000 pounds.
Margaret Atwood, Lucy Ellmann, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma and Elif Shafak are the other five authors shortlisted for the prize for best work in English fiction.
In contention are Margaret Atwood's The Testaments, Ellmann--Ducks, Newburyport, Bernardine Evaristo--Girl, Woman, Other, Chigozie Obioma--An Orchestra of Minorities, Salman Rushdie--Quichotte, Elif Shafak--10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.
According to the statement, ''Like all great literature, these books teem with life, with a profound and celebratory humanity.
Rushdie's latest offering follows ageing salesman Ismail Smile, who adopts the pseudonym Quichotte as he travels across modern America to find a television star he has fallen in love with. It also contains a meta strand, about a New York-based Indian author called Sam DuChamp, who is writing Quichotte’s story.
In 1981, Rushdie, born in Mumbai, and now living in New York, received the Booker Prize for his novel Midnight’s Children. In 1993, it was judged to be the 'Booker of Bookers,' to mark the 25th anniversary of the prize and in 2008 the ‘Best of the Booker’ to mark the 40th anniversary. His other awards include the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. (UNI)