irish writer Anna Burns to his novel ‘Dairy’ Received the prestigious Man Booker Award-2018 for. In this novel, in the midst of political upheaval in Northern Ireland, the love story of a young woman with a married man was written, which was greatly appreciated by the people. This novel is like a perfect documentation of the painful story of a young woman who is physically and mentally abused by a powerful lover. at the time this book was reserved Kwame Anthony Appiah Said, “I had never read such a story before. Anna Burns challenges conventional thinking through her writing.” Let us tell you, President Kwame Anthony Appiah was also one of the winners.
The story of the novel Milkman is a sad tale of brutality, resistance to sexual assault, woven with satirical humor by respected author Anna Burns. It takes place against the backdrop of a society divided against itself. Burns made us feel the pain of the girlfriend very well in this book. Set against the backdrop of a city with no name, Anna Burns explores the dangerous and complex effects of a war-torn city on a woman in Milkman. The most special thing about this book is that instead of character names, designations have been given. To which Ana had said: “There are no names in her novel. In the early days, I tried for a while with the names, but it didn’t fit the novel. In doing so, the story would have become heavy and lifeless. This novel doesn’t just say the names, but emerges with power and atmosphere to introduce readers to a different world.
The novel ‘Milkman’ revolves around an 18-year-old girl living in Northern Ireland in the period of 1970, in which the young girl is forced into a relationship with a mysterious, much older man. This is a historical novel with psychological undertones set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, at a time when political issues in Ireland were of great concern. There is an officer in the story who is addressed as Milkman. He was interested in a girl younger than him and made her sit in his car and drive her around. Rumors have spread that the girl has an illicit relationship with the milkman, which undermines the relationship between her parents and the wider community. These rumors grow when the girl continues her relationship with her other male friend, whom she has been dating for a year, but avoids any type of commitment. In the story, the milkman’s pressure on the girl increases and he begins to threaten her, threatening that if she doesn’t end her relationship with her male friend, he will hurt that boy as well. The girl gets scared, pulls herself together and ends her friendship with her male friend. Despite persuasion from her friends, she is unable to end her relationship with the milkman. A strange kind of conflict and fear accompanies it. An attempt is also made to poison her, the girl falls seriously ill, but survives. Because of the milkman, the girl’s image continues to deteriorate in her society. The girl ends the relationship with her male friend on the phone himself, as he begins to like someone else. He must return to the milkman even against his will. The milkman is killed by British security forces when the milkman promises to have a good time with the girl the next evening. There are also many fatal attacks on the girl, but after a while her life returns to normal. The story would seem very simple to read this way, but the way Burns wrote the characters and the events of the story, deep research is visible in it. How a young girl is forced to do everything she doesn’t want to do and what she loves is not in her control. She silently watches everything happening around her and allows it to happen. Even after a big storm, it reaches a normalization position. It is true that no such story has been written before. The description of events and the portrayal of characters in the story seem to be so deep, why it doesn’t make much difference if the characters aren’t given any names. The novel holds in suspense until the end. Instead of a happy ending, the end of the story feels very calm and realistic, where there is no noise, no rowdiness, only peace.
Publication of ‘Dairyman’ Editor Faber & Faber Posted by May 17, 2018. 2018 marked the fourth consecutive year that an independent publisher won the Man Booker Prize. Anna Burns’ victory was announced by Kwame Anthony Appiah during a dinner at the Guildhall in London. Anna received a trophy from Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and £50,000 from Man Group chief executive Luke Hills. Anna also received a designer bound edition of her book and an additional £2,500 for being shortlisted. The world’s best “Booker Prize”, awarded since 1969, is considered the highest honor given to a writer in the field of literature after the Nobel Prizes. The prize is awarded annually jointly by the Booker Company and the British Publishers Association. This award is given for English novels only to short story writers from Commonwealth countries for a single work of fiction. The first Man Booker Prize was awarded to Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare. This prize is different from the International Booker Prize. Because the International Booker Prize is awarded every two years to any novelist in the world, while the Man Booker Prize is only awarded annually to storytellers from Commonwealth countries. Besides Arundhati Roy, Indian-born Kiran Desai (2006), Arabinda Adiga (2008), BS Naipaul (1971) and Salman Rushdie (1981) also received this award. Significantly, writer Arundhati Roy, who received the prestigious international “Man Booker” prize 22 years ago for his debut novel “The God of Little Things”, was also top of the list for his novel “Ministry of Utmost Happiness”. .
Milkman was Burns’ first novel since 2007’s “Little Constructions”. why the novel won the Booker. The novel also won the National Book Critics Circle Prize for Fiction 2018, as well as the International Dublin Literary Prize in 2020. In 2019, the novel sold over 540,000 copies. Anna has lived in London since 1987. Her first book was ‘No Bones’. His other novels include “Little Constructions” and “Mostly Heroes”. She is known among readers for her amazing writing style. She was the first Northern Irish writer to win the prize. In 2011 Ana won the Winifred Holti Memorial Award. She was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2002. Anna beat Daisy Johnson’s ‘Everything Under’ (27), Robin Robertson’s ‘The Long Take’, AC Edugyan’s ‘Washington Black’, ‘The Mars Room” by Rachel Kushner and “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. Huye won the award for ‘Milkman’.
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