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"Booker 2007" gave the world renowned Irish writer.

October 18 2007

On the night of Oct. 17 the jury for the Booker Prize has announced a new name, or rather the new holders of the Prize. She was Irish Anne Enright with her new novel The Gathering.

Announcement of the name Anne Enright was a big surprise. After all, she was listed in the list of most outsiders, the book races. And in the favorites were listed more famous works such as the novel "On Chezilskom Beach" by Ian McEwan and "Mister Pip" by Lloyd Jones.

Ian McEwan - is the acclaimed author short-list. In 1998 he was honored with the Booker for his novel "Amsterdam". True, "Booker 2007" a lot of noise was due to the fact that the product "on Chezilskom beach" is too short, the volume of two hundred pages, and therefore can only be nominated for the story and can not in general.

Lloyd Jones is also not overlooked. The novel "Mister Pip" received an award Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book. It is a novel about a girl, an uninhabited island and the impact of the book by Charles Dickens "Great Expectations".

However, as seen by the decision of the jury, both of these books were slightly worse than the product-winner.

Who was she, the dark horse of British literature? Her name is Anne Enright. She is forty five and have two children. She was born and lives in Dublin. She studied literature at the University of East Anglia, and then about six years as a television producer. His first book published in Ann ninety-first year, called it "a small statue of the Madonna" and consisted of short stories. In the ninety-fifth came in the light of her most famous work, the novel "Wig My Father. New books she writes with an enviable uniformity, about once every two years.

Roman "Collection" - a family saga, as she described it Enright. Also, she added that her book is not out of fun, many may seem pale and depressed. True, there can hardly be surprised laurels Booker largely honored just such deep psychological novels. Satire - not Booker genre. "The process of decision was particularly difficult" - said one of the judges, Sir Howard Davies. About the book, he spoke as "the book is very strong, pulling in an amazing ending." In the opinion of other members of the jury, "Collection" - a novel about three generations, about love, hate, sexual impulses, family secrets and reviving memories.

Prior to the award "collection" had no great popularity among readers, sold only three thousand copies. However, as experts believe, in the near future the situation will change radically. As of today, "Wig My Father - the only product Enright, published in Russian. But then perhaps, too, the situation will soon change radically.

Anne Enright yesterday - a writer with a good but not world-famous "dark horse", as most of the media. Anne Enright today - the world-famous writer with a check for fifty pounds sterling (about one hundred thousand dollars) and one of the most prestigious awards of second-hand book world.

Sasha Mertsalova.


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