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Entertainment Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood wins Booker Prize for 'The Testaments'

00:31  15 october  2019
00:31  15 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt CH FRSC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist.

The judges of this year’s Booker prize have “explicitly flouted” the rules of the august literary award to choose the first The Canadian author previously won the Booker in 2000 for The Blind Assassin; she becomes the fourth author to have won the prize twice. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood .

LONDON — Canadian literary star Margaret Atwood has won the Booker Prize for the second time, but is sharing it this time with British author Bernardine Evaristo.

In an unusual move, the Booker Prize jury awarded the prize jointly to Atwood and Evaristo at a ceremony Monday night.

Atwood won the award for "The Testaments," her blockbuster follow-up to "The Handmaid's Tale," while Evaristo won for "Girl, Woman, Other."

The Booker is considered one of the most prestigious literary awards in the English-speaking world and comes with a 50,000-pound (C$83,500) prize.

Atwood previously won in 2000 for "The Blind Assassin."

Industry insiders predict "The Testaments" will be one of the year's bestsellers. The long-awaited sequel is equal parts political thriller and allegory, set in a world in which women are subjugated as properties of the state.

A Booker judge praised the novel as "savage and beautiful" and said it delivers its message "with conviction and power."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 14, 2019.

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