Graphic Novel Makes MAN BOOKER PRIZE Long List For First Time

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Credit: Nick Drnaso (Drawn & Quarterly)

Nick Drnaso's Sabrina graphic novel is among the books on the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction - a first for comic books and graphic novels. Sabrina was published earlier thi syear by Drawn & Quarterly.

“We all read it and were blown away by it,” Man Booker prizejudge and bestselling crime novelist Val McDermid told The Guardian. “The graphic novel has increasingly become front and center in terms of storytelling [and] we felt [Sabrina] does just what good fiction should do.”

The 2018 Man Booker prize shortlist is scheduled to be announced September 20, with the eventual winner announced on October 16. The winner will receive a £50,000 prize (roughly $58,420 in U.S dollars).

"When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies," reads the publisher's description of Sabrina. "He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina's grieving sister Sandra struggles to fill her days waiting in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives."

A full list of this year's Man Booker prize longlist can be found at the prize's website.


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