Mukherjee’s epic Kolkata-set family saga has drawn widespread praise since its publication, including Anita Desai declaring it to be ‘ferocious, unsparing and brutally honest’ and Amitav Ghosh finding it ‘searing, savage and deeply moving’.
‘I am thrilled that Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others has found a much-deserved place on this prestigious shortlist. It’s also a great honour for Vintage India to have an author on the Man Booker shortlist for the second year in a row,” said Meru Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief, Literary Publishing, Penguin Random House. ‘I feel very lucky to have published this exceptional novel.’
Neel Mukherjee says: “I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. It is a great and singular honour to be amongst the other authors on the list.”
Mukherjee is joined on the shortlist by 4 fellow Penguin Random House authors: Howard Jacobson for J, Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Ali Smith for How To Be Both and Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.