FROM DUTTON'S BRENTWOOD NEWS THIS WEEK
Every two years……………the Man Booker International Prize is awarded. Unlike the annual Man Booker Prize, which recognizes a specific novel, the International Prize is bequeathed upon a living author for their body of work. The winner of the 2007 award is Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist probably best known for Things Fall Apart. In addition to that novel (first published in 1958) Mr. Achebe has penned several other works of fiction, books of essays, poetry and even children’s books. He is the second recipient of the prize – the inaugural prize going to Ismail Kadare in 2005.
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Happy Bloomsday………..Saturday, June 16, marks Bloomsday – the most important day in any James Joyce fan’s calendar. It is on this day that Joyce’s masterwork, Ulysses, takes place. Those lucky enough to be in Dublin can follow the wanderings of the novel’s hero, Leopold Bloom, through the city – at least through the parts of it that have not been redeveloped in the years since 1904, the year the novel is set. Fans further afield have to settle for other ways of commemorating the occasion, such as public readings of the novel (such as was conducted at Dutton’s Brentwood a number of years back). So, on Saturday, be sure to treat yourself to a pint of some fine Irish stout and as much of Ulysses as you can manage before the pint begins to take effect.
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