Man Booker finalists include African, Lebanese authors

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Four authors from Africa are among 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize as well as one from India and one from Lebanon.

The finalists for the prestigious literary award were announced Tuesday by the chair of judges, Marina Warner, at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The African writers are Mia Couto of Mozambique, Marlene van Niekerk of South Africa, Ibrahim al-Koni of Libya and Alain Mabanckou of the Republic of Congo.

Other finalists are Cesar Aira of Argentina, Maryse Conde of Guadeloupe, Amitav Ghosh of India, Fanny Howe of the United States of America, Laszlo Krasznahorkai of Hungary and Hoda Barakat of Lebanon.

Hoda Barakat was born in Beirut in 1952 and brought up in Bsharré, Lebanon. She has received critical acclaim in the Arab world and abroad and was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel The Tiller of Waters and the al-Nagid Award for The Stone of Laughter, according to the Man Booker website.

The Man Booker International Prize recognizes an author for their achievement in fiction. The winner will be announced in London on May 19, receiving a 60,000 pound prize (nearly $90,000).

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