South West Reading Passport 2016: Book to the Future

Special Feature: Man Booker 2016 Winner Paul Beatty

downloadPaul Beatty is an American writer. His recent win of the Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Sellout has afforded him the honour of being the first American writer to be awarded the prize.

His writing career thus far has seen him become recognised for his intensely biting satirical fiction which often responds to the cultural climate of the time in which it is written.  He notably explores themes of race, gentrification, identity and history.

 

Whilst critics are celebrating his prize winning novel as a satire, there is also growing recognition for the layered nature of the story it tells and the realistic portrayal of the struggle we so often face with the dichotomy of what it means to be human.

Paul Beatty lives and teaches creative writing in New York.

Read The Sellout as part of your 2010s read of the decades.

Further recommended reading:

The White Boy Shuffle (1996)

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