the mutt

‘We can’t give it to him again, right?’

Posted in General by grx20 on September 17, 2008

The press is united in calling it a snub.
Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence hasn’t made it to the Booker shortlist.

This can’t be right.

Is the Booker Prize Foundation afraid of Rushdie? They even had to make a statement defending leaving him out – ‘We’re braced for it,’ one of the judges said.

Is the Booker Prize Foundation worried about coming across as being overtly pro-Rushdie? After all, they have awarded him the Booker of Bookers and recently the Best of the Booker.

Reminds me of the time when Schumacher was on his spree of winning World Championships, the FIA introduced a series of regulations and rules that smacked of conspiracy – to stop the Ferrari juggernaut.

Except with Rushdie, the Booker Prize Foundation didn’t have to change any rules. They simply sent him off to the pit garage.

If it isn’t the fear of becoming a ‘Booked For Rushdie’ award, then there must be something.

Perhaps, Jonathan Jones of Guardian UK has uncovered it. Read it here. And you decide.


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