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For First Time, an American Wins Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty has become the first American writer to win the prestigious Man Booker prize. Beatty’s The Sellout, a caustic satire on U.S. race relations, won the $61,000 prize, which was previously open only to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth — an alliance of countries that used to be part of the British Empire. Historian Amanda Foreman, who chaired the judging panel, said the book “plunges into the heart of contemporary American society, and with absolutely savage...

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