'Lincoln in the Bardo' author George Saunders poses after winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017 in London, October 17, 2017.
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American author George Saunders won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for "Lincoln in the Bardo," a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife.Saunders said disbelief and gratitude were his principal emotions on winning."Lincoln in the Bardo" is the first novel by the 58-year-old Saunders, an acclaimed short story writer who won the Folio Prize in 2014 for his darkly funny story collection "Tenth of December".Saunders beat five other finalists: New Yorker Paul Auster's quadruple coming-of-age story "4321"; U.S. writer Emily Fridlund's story of a Midwest teenager, "History of Wolves"; Scottish author Ali Smith's Brexit-themed "Autumn"; British-Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid's migration story "Exit West"; and British writer Fiona Mozley's debut novel "Elmet" about a fiercely independent family under threat.Young said the five jurors met for almost five hours Tuesday to choose the winner, finally agreeing unanimously on Saunders.
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