Paul Beatty is first US author to win Man Booker Prize

NEW YORK. Paul Beatty's novel The Sellout, a blistering satire about race in America, won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, marking the first time an American writer has won the award. The five Booker judges, who were unanimous in their decision, cited the novel's inventive comic approach to the thorny issues of racial identity and injustice. Still, with its outrageous premise and unabashed skewering of racial stereotypes, The Sellout is an audacious choice for the judges, who oversee one of the most prestigious awards in literature. The truth is rarely pretty, and this is a book that nails the reader to the cross with cheerful abandon, Ms Amanda Foreman, the head of the judging panel, said at a press briefing in London before the winner was announced. "It plunges into the heart of contemporary American society. The Sellout drew ecstatic praise from critics and writers when it was published in the United States last year, and it won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. A raucous tragicomedy that explores the legacy of slavery and racial and economic inequality in the US, the novel felt deeply resonant at a moment when police violence against African-Americans has incited protests around the country and forced Americans to confront the country's history of racism.

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