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A graphic novel has been long-listed for the Man Booker for the first time

Thu-Huong Ha
By Thu-Huong Ha

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Graphic novels are moving up in the literary world.

Man Booker, one of the world’s most prestigious English-language book prizes, has announced its 2018 nominees—including the first graphic novel to make the longlist in the prize’s history.

Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso, tells the story of a missing woman and the people trying to piece together what happened.

“It’s a perspicacious and chilling analysis of the nature of trust and truth and the erosion of both in the age of the internet – and especially, in the age of Trump,” Chris Ware writes in the Guardian. “The fictional killing in ‘Sabrina’ is disturbing, but Drnaso doesn’t fixate on the gore or the culprit,” says Ed Park in the New York Times. “He’s more concerned with how the public claims and consumes it, spinning out morbid fantasies with impunity.”

It’s not the first year that graphic novels have been eligible: The prize is open to English-language novels published in the UK and Ireland, from anywhere in the world. The winner receives £50,000 (about $65,700).

Here’s the full list:

  • Snap, by Belinda Bauer (UK)
  • Milkman, by Anna Burns (UK)
  • Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso (US)
  • Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan (Canada)
  • In our Mad and Furious City, by Guy Gunaratne (UK)
  • Everything under, by Daisy Johnson (UK)
  • The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner (US)
  • The Water Cure, by Sophie Mackintosh (UK)
  • Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje (Canada)
  • The Overstory , by Richard Powers (US)
  • The Long Take, by Robin Robertson (UK)
  • Normal People, by Sally Rooney (Ireland)
  • From a Low and Quiet Sea, by Donal Ryan (Ireland)
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