About this it is said on the award website.
Lynch’s novel chronicles the struggle of a mother of four to save her family as Ireland descends into totalitarianism.
The head of the jury, Esi Edugyan, noted that the book “Song of the Prophet” reflects the social and political anxieties of today.
“Prophetic Song” tells about one woman’s attempts to save her family in a dystopian Ireland, which is sliding further and further into authoritarian rule. This is a striking, at times tender novel that is not easily forgotten… The book has one of the most dizzying endings you will ever read, it lives on in your memory long after you have read it,” other members have commented on the book the jury
According to the writer himself, his novel was influenced by the events in Syria, the refugee problem and the actions of the West.
“I tried to look into the modern chaos. Riots in Western democracies. The problem of Syria – the implosion of the entire nation, the scale of the refugee crisis and the indifference of the West… I wanted to immerse the reader in this topic so much that by the end of the book he not only knew, but felt this the problem is on oneself,” explained the author of the book.
By the way, Paul Lynch became the fifth Irish writer to win the Booker Prize. He also received a £50,000 award at a ceremony in London.
What is known about Paul Lynch
Paul Lynch was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1977, grew up in Co Donegal and lives in Dublin. He was previously chief film critic for the Irish newspaper Sunday Tribune from 2007 to 2011 and writes regularly for the Sunday Times on film.
He is an internationally renowned Irish novelist who has published five award-winning novels. Before “Prophet Song”, Lynch wrote “Beyond the Sea”, “Grace”, “The Black Snow” and “Red Sky in Morning”. His third novel, Grace, was the 2018 Kerry Group Novel of the Year and winner of the 2020 Irish Francophone Ambassadors Literary Award. Another novel by the author, “Black Snow”, won the Prix Libr’à Nous prize of the French bookseller for the best foreign novel.