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Australian writer Richard Flanagan won the Booker Prize Tuesday with a visceral book about wartime brutality and its aftermath – a novel the head of the judging team said was as powerful as a kick in the stomach.Named after a classic work of Japanese literature, the book is dedicated to Flanagan's father – referred to by his prisoner number, 335 – who died at the age of 98, shortly after his son finished the manuscript.Flanagan is the third Australian to take the award, after Thomas Keneally and Peter Carey, and his victory disappointed those who had hoped to see an American win in the first year U.S. authors are eligible.Last year's winner, New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton, has seen her 900-page novel "The Luminaries" sell 500,000 copies around the world.Flanagan said boundaries had no place in literature.
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