Annal: 1983 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Results of the Man Booker Prize in the year 1983.

Book:Life and Times of Michael K

Life and Times of Michael K: A Novel

J.M. Coetzee

In South Africa, whose civil administration is colapsing under the pressure of years of civil strife, an obscure young gardener named Michael K decides to take his mother on a long march away from the guns towards a new life in the abandoned countryside. Everywhere he goes however, the war follows him. Tracked down and locked up as a collaborator with the rural guerrillas, he embarks on a fast that angers, baffles, and finally awes his captors.

The story of Michael K is the story of a man caught up in a war beyond his understanding, but determined to live his life, however minimally, on his own terms. J.M. Coetzee has produced a masterpiece which has the astonishing power to make the wilderness boom.

Book:Flying to Nowhere

Flying to Nowhere

John Fuller

Book:The Illusionist

The Illusionist

Anita Mason

Book:Rates of Exchange

Rates of Exchange

Malcolm Bradbury

Book:Shame

Shame: A Novel

Salman Rushdie

In his brilliant third novel, first published in 1983, Salman Rushdie gives us a lively and colorful mixture of history, art, language, politics, and religion. Set in a country “not quite Pakistan,” the story centers around the family of two men—one a celebrated warrior, the other a debauched playboy—engaged in a protracted duel that is played out in the political landscape of their country.

Book:Waterland (Graham Swift)

Waterland

Graham Swift

Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy.

Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving…. Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity…. A fine and original work.” —Los Angeles Times

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