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by Tom McCarthy
Getting worked up about the fact that really interesting, innovative fiction so often gets ignored by awards judges is, when you think about it, a little bit absurd.
Huge claims have been made on behalf of the novelist Tom McCarthy. But what do they actually tell us about "the future of fiction?"
2010 was a great year in books! This was a hard list to assemble!
There are many ways to measure a year, but the reader is likely to measure it in books.
The surprising winner of the 2010 Booker Prize is Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question
This arboreal carnage seemed fitting, however, prior to a meeting with a man who teaches a class on Catastrophe, and who founded the International Necronautical Society, whose mission is to “map, enter, colonise and, eventually, inhabit” the space of death.
The Booker field narrows, offering a mix of established names and relative unknowns.
With the unveiling of the Booker Prize longlist, the 2010 literary Prize season is officially underway. As is typically the case, the list offers a mix of exciting new names, relative unknowns and beloved favorites. Notable names include David Mitchell and Tom McCarthy.
Dozens of books that you'll want to be reading for the rest of the year and into the next. Dig in!