Winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for his novel 'The Sellout', Paul Beatty speaks on stage at the 2016 Man Booker Prize at The Guildhall on October 25, 2016 in London, England. REUTERS/John Phillips/Pool
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Paul Beatty's "The Sellout," a stinging satire of race and class in the United States that has drawn comparisons to Richard Pryor and Mark Twain, won the Man Booker Prize late Tuesday – the first time an American has taken the prestigious fiction award.The book has been likened to the comedy of Richard Pryor and Chris Rock, and Beatty goes where many authors fear to tread.Beatty acknowledged that "The Sellout" was a hard book – both to read and to write – and would push readers out of their comfort zone.Foreman said the decision for Beatty's work was unanimous.Beatty said no single book could, or should, encapsulate the diversity of experience.Bookies had considered Beatty a longshot.
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