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11 July 2018, 09:29 | Elsie Buchanan
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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Man Booker Prize enlisted a panel of judges to determine the five best Booker Prize recipients from the list of 51 previous winners. The book of the Canadian trailer revolves around the tale of love which conflicts with World War II was awarded in the fiction category after winning through a public vote.
The novel - which was adapted into an Oscar-winning 1996 movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche - was judged to be the best victor of the 52 books to have won the prestigious award. "As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the prize, it demonstrates the impact and legacy of the man Booker prize, because all the winning books are still pechatayutsya", said Fund Chairman of the Booker prize Baroness Helena Kennedy.
The English Patient, the 1992 Booker Prize victor, was declared the overall victor of the Golden Man Booker Prize in the 50 year history of the award at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.
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At that time, the public voted for Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, which originally won in 1981.
The 1970s finalist was "In a Free State" by Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul, while "Moon Tiger" by British writer Penelope Lively was the 1980s contender.
"The English Patient is that rare novel which gets under your skin and insists you return to it time and again, always yielding a new surprise or delight", said the novelist. "It moves seamlessly between the epic and the intimate - one moment you're in looking at the vast sweep of the desert and the next moment watching a nurse place a piece of plum in a patient's mouth".
The prize was founded in 1968 and the first victor was named in 1969. The writer has won the Booker prize for the English patient in 1992.
"Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative". The book won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. The book was adapted into a 1996 film by Anthony Minghella.
The novel - written by Sri-Lankan born Ondaatje in 1992 - tells of the entanglement of four people in an Italian villa, including an English burns victim, as the Second World War ends.
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