"Do Not Say We Have Nothing" by Madeleine Thien (???), a Canadian author of Chinese descent, has emerged as a hopeful winner of the Man Booker Prize and Governor General's Award for English-language fiction, both of which will be announced Oct. 25.
Canada's CBC News Online described Thien Monday as the country's "newest literary star."
"Do Not Say We Have Nothing," a story about three musicians who suffered during and after the Cultural Revolution in China, is currently the Booker favorite, the news website said, citing the well-known betting agency Ladbrokes.
Claire Armitstead, books editor at the Guardian and Observer, told CBC News that Thien "is very high in the bookie's odds and has been very high all along" and that she thinks Thien is "leading 2 to 1."
"This book, although it's very specifically set in China, does what great literature does, which is to make the specific universal," Armitstead was quoted as saying.
In an interview with CBC last week, Thien expressed hope that the book, which is currently banned in China due to its sensitive theme, can be published there one day.
Thien was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1974 to ethnic Chinese parents who emigrated from Malaysia to Canada. She studied contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University and literature at the University of British Columbia.
She published her first book "Simple Recipes," a collection of short stories, in 2001.
"Do Not Say We Have Nothing" is the third novel by Thien after "Certainty" and "Dogs at the Perimeter."
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel