A novel about daily life nowadays in middle America, executed in one sentence that runs to a thousand pages; the postmortem meditation of an Istanbul prostitute on her life; the revisiting of Don Quixote’s epic journey, transposed to Trump’s America: these are just three of the stories that have made the cut for 2019’s Booker Prize shortlist.

The line-up, announced in London on Tuesday morning, of four women and two men includes two former winners — Margaret Atwood for The Testaments, her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale that is due out this week, and Salman Rushdie for Quichotte — as well as a 33-year-old Nigerian writer shortlisted for the second time for his second novel. Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities is narrated by the guardian spirit of a young poultry farmer. British-Nigerian Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other portrays 12 women living across the UK, whose roots extend from Ethiopia to the Caribbean.

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