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Paul Beatty wins Man Booker prize 2016 for 'The Sellout'

'The Sellout', a biting satire on race relations in the United States, is 54-year-old Beatty's fourth novel. Photograph: (Getty)

London, United Kingdom Oct 26, 2016, 01.38 AM (IST)

Paul Beatty on Tuesday became the first American author to win the Man Booker Prize 2016 for his book “The Sellout”. 

The 289-page book, which is Beatty's fourth novel, tells the story of a man who tries to reinstate slavery and segregation in a Californian high school. 

Beatty's win was announced at a ceremony in London's historic Guildhall on Tuesday.

"This is a hard book. It was hard for me to write, it's hard to read," said a tearful Beatty. 

"I don't like writing,” he said. “I am a perfectionst in some ways and I easily get disgruntled and discouraged with what I am doing.”

Three years ago the rules were changed to include writers of any nationality for the prestigious prize, only if the novel was written in English and was published in Britain. Earlier, it was confined only to Commonwealth. 

Each of the six shortlisted writers, which included two British, two US, one Canadian and one British-Canadian, won 2,500 pounds each. The winner got an additional 50,000 pound prize. 

In its 48-year history, the prize has gone to authors including Salman Rushdie, Hilary Mantel and Margaret Atwood.

The other nominees for the Man Booker Prize 2016 were:

Deborah Levy (UK) - Hot Milk

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) - His Bloody Project

Ottessa Moshfegh (US) - Eileen

David Szalay (Canada-UK) - All That Man Is

Madeleine Thien (Canada) - Do Not Say We Have Nothing

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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