The Man Booker Prize is one of the most important literary prizes you can find on this globe we are living upon. The Nobel Prize is even more famous, but the Nobel Prize has a minor hiccup, there is no shortlist. Man Booker has one !
For this years there are 6 writers and books on the shortlist. The prize is for global fiction translated into English. In fact it leaves out a large section of books, those books that were written in English and those books that have not been translated into English.
There are names form around the globe on the list, and one of the names is from Angola. The name is José Eduardo Agualusa. He lives in the triangle of Angola, Brazil and Portugal, but he is Angolan. On my weblog I have written notes on two of his books. The book on the shortlist is titled (in English) : A General Theory of Oblivion.
The winner will have to divide the prize of 50,000 pounds between the writer and the translator, each 50%.
Read more about it here.