Booker Prize for "Song of the Prophet" in tyranny
Irish author Paul Lynch's novel set in a fictional Dublin engulfed in right-wing tyranny wins top literary prize
Irish author Paul Lynch has won the 2023 Booker Prize for his fifth novel, Prophet Song, set in a fictional Ireland descending into tyranny. The book was described as a "soul-wrenching and true" novel, "capturing the social and political anxieties of the moment," according to jury president Esi Edugyan. Canadian novelist Edugyan, who has twice been shortlisted closely for the "Booker" prize, gave Lynch the prize "it was not unanimous and it was decided with
discussions and multiple rounds of voting that lasted about six hours," on Saturday.