Terrifying scenarios for humanity.. The Booker Prize presents the guide to miserable novels.. Get to know them

The International Booker Prize has announced the release of the guide to the miserable novels that have previously been long and shortlisted, or won their prize throughout the history of the most famous prize for the novel.

The International Booker Prize stated that these novels imagine terrifying scenarios for humanity, and said in their introduction to these novels that it is tempting to ask about any of those imaginary nightmares that may be rediscovered as a grim reality in the coming years, and it is shocking to note the extent to which some have already become reality. .

The Booker Prize noted that since 1969, nearly 600 books have been longlisted for the Booker and Booker International Prize, recognizing authors and translators from around the world and introducing readers to high-quality works of fiction that in many cases have changed their lives.

No one talks about this

A novel by Patricia Lockwood, it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2021, the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021, and the Thomas Dylan Prize in 2022.

Nobody Talks About This takes place when real life collides with the increasing absurdity of a world accessed through the screen, when it comes to living in a world that contains an abundance of evidence of goodness, compassion and justice in the universe, and vice versa since.

Memory police novel

A novel by Yoko Ogawa, translated into English by translator Stephen Snyder, which was shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize, is a captivating Orwellian novel about the horrors of state control from one of Japan’s greatest writers.

When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by the memory police, she desperately wants to save him. For some reason, he does not forget, and it becomes difficult for him to hide his memories.

Along with the Booker Prize, this novel was a shortlist for the 2019 National Book Award, the Longlist for the Translated Book Award 2020, and the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year.

The Memory Police



Clara and the sun novel

A novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, one of the novels that US President Barack Obama has nominated for reading.

From her place in the store, Clara, an artificial friend with distinguished observational qualities, carefully observes the behavior of those who come to browse, and those who pass on the street outside. She still hopes a client will pick her up soon, but when the possibility arises that her circumstances may change forever, Clara is warned not to invest too much in human promises.

Clara and the Sun

Oryx and Crick novel

A novel by the famous British writer Margaret Atwood, it begins with the hypothesis that pigs may not fly, but they change strangely. So, in this regard, the reader follows a man, Jimmy, who lives in a tree, wrapped in old sheets, who now calls himself a snowman. The voice of Oryx, the woman he loved, chased after him in annoyance. And the green-eyed Crick’s children are, for some reason, his responsibility.

Oryx and Crake

England novel.. England

A novel by Julian Barnes, previously shortlisted in the International Booker Prize, revolves around the lord of money, Sir Jack Bateman, who built the so-called “Project” on one of the British Isles, a vast heritage center that contains everything “English”. From Big Ben to Stonehenge, from Manchester United to the White Cliffs of Dover. The project is brutal, dangerous and largely successful. In fact, it is gradually beginning to rival the “old” England and is even threatening to overpower it.

England.. England

small eyes novel

A novel by writer Samanta Schubelin, translated into English by Megan McDowell, which was longlisted in the International Booker Prize, a fictional novel about our interconnected world, about the collision of horror and humanity, and its events revolve around animals that are not pets, neither ghosts nor robots, and infiltrated into Apartments in Hong Kong, shops in Vancouver, streets of Sierra Leone, Oaxaca town squares, bedrooms in Indiana. These cute, seemingly anonymous and untraceable games reveal the beauty of connection between distant souls – but also the ugly truth of our interconnected society.

Little Eyes

bells novel

A novel by Anna Smile, which won the 2016 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and was longlisted for the 2015 Booker Prize, is set in the world of The Chimes in which life is organized by a massive musical instrument that renders people unable to form new memories. The past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and the former is blasphemy.

But slowly, inexplicably, Simon began to remember. He wakes up every morning with a tingling sensation, feeling like there’s something he needs to do urgently. In town, Simon meets Lucian, who has a gift of hearing, some secrets of his own, and a theory about the danger lurking in Simon’s past.

The Chimes

wall novel

A novel by John Lanchester, which was longlisted in the 2019 Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2020 ORWELL Prize for Political Fiction, the novel revolves around its hero who, if he is lucky, and if nothing goes wrong, has to do what he did for only two years. 729 Another night, as the events take place in a turbulent world.

The Wall

Novel Exit West

A novel by Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, which was a New York Times bestseller, was shortlisted for the 2017 Booker Prize, and won the Aspen Words Literary Award.

Its events revolve around an extraordinary story of love and hope, revealing and showing doors all over the world. In a city wracked by war, Nadia and Saeed fell into a love story. And hardly like strangers, desperate to survive, they open the door and enter. But the doors only go in one direction, and once you leave, there is no turning back.

Exit West



A novel that never lets me go

One of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro is a novel by Japanese-British Nobel Prize winner for Literature, in which Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students who grow up in the mysteriously skewed environment of contemporary England. It dramatizes her heroine’s attempts to reconcile with her childhood at a seemingly idyllic school, and the fate that always awaits her and her best friend in the wider world.

Never Let Me Go

The novel of the commandments

A novel by the famous writer Margaret Atwood, the novel “The Wills” is a sequel to the novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”, which revolves around the story of the maid “Offred” after a Christian religious group seized power in the United States of America, and the novel discusses the male enslavement of women in patriarchal societies, and the various means In which the characters regained their individuality and independence.

The Handmaid’s story is divided into two parts, The Night and various other events. The night section deals exclusively with Offred’s story, and the rest deals with other aspects (shopping, waiting room, household chores, etc.) and is about the possible life of other materials from Offred’s point of view. In many parts of the story, Offred moves between the past and the present during her narration of the events that led to the deterioration of women’s rights, and the details of her daily life in the present. Television and film adaptations of the novel have also won important awards and nominations.

The Testaments



J.A. Novel

A novel by Howard Jacobso, described as a thought-provoking novel, seen as the dystopian British novel of its time, about two people who fall in love, and do not yet know where they come from or where they are going. They are unsure whether they fell in love on their own, or whether they were pushed into each other’s arms. But who would pay them and why?

Set in the future – a world in which the past is a dangerous country, and cannot be talked about or visited, this novel was shortlisted for the 2014 Booker Prize, 2014 Gold Award, and longlisted for the JQ Wingate Literary Award.

JA Novel Howard Jacobson

A novel of love in the new millennium

A novel by Kan Shu, and translated into English by Anneliese Finnegan and Asmoen, has been described as the most ambitious work of fiction by a widely regarded writer, the most important novelist working in China today.

In this grim comedy novel, a group of women live in a world of constant surveillance, as informants lurk in flowerbeds and false reports spread. Conspiracies abound in a society that normalizes paranoia and suspicion. Some are trying to escape – whether they are to mysterious gambling houses or to ancestral homes that can only be reached underground through muddy caves, sewers and tunnels. Others seek the sanctuary of Nest County, where traditional Chinese herbal medicine can reshape or psychologically transmute the self. Every life is bound by buried secrets and transcendent illusions.

Love in the New Millennium

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