The Golden Man Booker, the one-off award marking the Man Booker Prize's 50thanniversary celebrations, was chosen by the public and revealed on Sunday. The novel had won the Booker prize in 1992 and movie was made on it featuring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche in 1996, which won 9 Academy Awards.
The Golden Booker was held in 2018 to mark 50 successful years of the much coveted literary prize.
The English Patient, the 1992 Booker Prize victor, was declared the overall victor of the Golden Man Booker Prize in the 50 year history of the award at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.
At the end of may, the jury selected five best books of the 51 who received the Pulitzer prize.
"Not for a second do I believe this is the best book on the list, especially when it is placed beside a work by V.S. Naipaul, one of the masters of our time, or a major work like "Wolf Hall, '" Ondaatje said".
Despite now being judged the best book of the past 50 years, after its release, The English Patient shared the 1992 award with Barry Unsworth's 18th Century slave tale Sacred Hunger.
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The judges were Robert McCrum, who choseIn A Free Stateby VS Naipaul for the 1970s, Lemn Sissay, who chose Moon Tigerby Penelope Lively for the 1980s, Kamila Shamsie, who choseThe English Patientby Michael Ondaatje for the 1990s, Simon Mayo, who choseWolf Hallby Hilary Mantel for the noughties, and Hollie McNish, who choseLincoln In The Bardoby George Saunders for the 2010s.
"The English Patient" beat out four other books to claim the award, which was voted on by the public.
"Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the prize, it demonstrates the impact and legacy of the man Booker prize, because all the winning books are still pechatayutsya", said Fund Chairman of the Booker prize Baroness Helena Kennedy.
Simon Mayo, a novelist and broadcaster, chose the 2009 prize victor "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel.
Ondaatje's latest book is a novel called Warlight, the story of a young man looking for answers about his peculiar post-war childhood, left by his parents in the care of two likely criminals.