Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Orange Prize for Fiction 2008

The Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the UK. It is awarded every year for the best novel written by a woman in English. Among previous winners: Zadie Smith (On Beauty), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun) and Andrea Levy (Small Island).

The winner this year was Rose Tremain's The Road Home. The plot is quite interesting:

"Like so many others, Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. He is a tiny part of a vast diaspora that is changing British society. But Lev is also a singular man with a vivid outsider’s vision of the place we call home.
Lev begins with no job, little money and few words of English. He has only his memories, his hopes and a certain alarming skill with the preparation of food. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved daughter and his outrageous friend Rudi who – dreaming of the wealthy West – lives largely for his battered Chevrolet.
In front of Lev lies the deep strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, clannish pubs, lonely flats and their obsession with celebrity. London holds out the alluring possibilities of friendship, sex, money and a new career; but, more than this, of human understanding, a sense of belonging."

1 comment:

  1. I had to get this through interlibrary loan, but it looks like it will be worth it. Thanks for the recommendation.

    BTW, who would you vote for - Best of the Booker?