This year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist includes a graphic novel for the very first time. The novel in question is Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina, which has been praised as “the best book—in any medium—I have read about our current moment” by none other than bestselling novelist Zadie Smith.
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The novel chronicles the aftermath of a young woman’s disappearance (the titular Sabrina), as her grieving boyfriend and a U.S. Air Force Airman fall down the rabbit hole of conspiracy surrounding what became of her. Should Sabrina win the prize, not only will it be the first graphic novel to do so, it will also win based on the very first nomination of a graphic novel, and the odds are looking good. One of the Booker Prize judges, bestselling crime author Val McDermid, has explained their choice:
My fellow judges read it and one said, ‘This transcends genre’, and someone else said, ‘This shows what genre can do at its best’ … It is an extremely clever piece of storytelling with characters you care about, and that’s what we were looking for – something well written that engages with mind and heart.
The Booker Prize shortlist will be announced on September 20th, and the winner will be announced on October 16th. You can get your very own copy of Sabrina here.
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