From a staggering 171 submissions — the highest number of titles put forward in the Man Booker Prizes’ 50-year history — 13 novels, which capture facets of a world on the brink, have been longlisted for the 2018 edition of the much-coveted 50,000 pound literary award.

“Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the times, there were many dystopian fictions on our bookshelf — and many novels we found inspirational as well as disturbing. Some of those we have chosen for this longlist feel urgent and topical, others might have been admired and enjoyed in any year,” Kwame Anthony Appiah, Chair of the 2018 judges, said in a statement.

The British-born Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist said that all of the longlisted books — which take in slavery, ecology, missing persons, inner-city violence, young love, prisons, race — capture something about a world on the brink.

The longlist features a graphic novel, Nick Drnaso’s
, for the first time, besides four debut novelists and four authors under the age of 30. The longlist consists of six writers from the U.K., three from the U.S., two from Ireland and two from Canada.

The shortlist of six books will be announced on September 20. The winner will be revealed on October 16. IANS

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