Los jurados del Man Booker
Extarordinaria la costumbre de los jurados del premio Booker de comentar el día a día, las minucias, los detalles y hasta las infidencias que rodearon a la decisión del jurado. Un asunto de transparencia, claro, pero también un tema de análisis literario: los premios y los jurados no son infalibles, pero no por eso resultan equívocos. En la página oficial del Booker, el presidente del jurado Howards Davies publica su blog con las entradas diarias de lo que significaron las reuniones y discusiones del premio. Y otro de los miembros del jurado, Giles Foden, publica en The Guardian un extenso comentario sobre por qué eligieron a la ganadora, cuáles fueron los criterios y, oh maravilla, qué consideraciones hizo que las otras no ganaran.
También les dejo una entrevista en The Guardian a Ann Enright luego del premio y un comentario en el mismo periódico de Robert McCrum titulado: "It's time to ditch the prize guys"
Dice Foden sobre la ganadora: "Judges applauded The Gathering for its controlled prose, sentence by sentence. They were impressed by its figurative language. They wondered at how unflinching Enright was in the face of what was pretty grim, unappealing material. Would the subject matter deter readers? asked one judge. Was that a literary question? asked another. You ask (to employ Hamid's mode of address in The Reluctant Fundamentalist) how we decided. While always civilised, it was difficult. Each book had its advocate. The first choice of one was often the sixth or fifth choice of another. In the end, we voted, first by a weighted system which biased the outcome towards our more preferred choices, then by a first-past-the-post system. In each case The Gathering won. Enright's novel had the support in depth and range other titles were not able to muster. It is, perhaps, a book people admire rather than immediately warm to, and this admiration won the day for her. Admiration for the unflinching ferocity of her vision and her skill with figurative language, admiration for the way in which she conveys feeling in carefully modulated prose which, sentence for sentence, matches anything being written in English today. Together we were happy to award her the prize on that basis. It was a collegiate decision. That is how it should be for the Man Booker. I hope many other readers will join us in our admiration for the many fine books on the shortlist and longlist.