Culture

Booker Prize for "Song of the Prophet" in tyranny

Paul Lynch's The Prophet's Song has been hailed as a work that echoes the violence in Palestine, Ukraine and Syria, and the experience of all those fleeing war-torn countries.
 

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.