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Atwood on World Booker shortlist
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood's books include Oryx and Crake and Alias Grace
Novelists Philip Roth, Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan are among the nominees for the second Man Booker International Prize for Fiction.

The international version of the prize is given every two years to a living author published in English or whose work has been translated into English.

It recognises a body of work rather than being awarded for a single book.

The winner of the 60,000 prize is chosen from the 15-strong shortlist and will be announced in June.

Others on the shortlist include Doris Lessing, Peter Carey, Salman Rushdie and John Banville.

Chinua Achebe
Margaret Atwood
John Banville
Michael Tournier
Peter Carey
Carlos Fuentes
Ian McEwan
Harry Mulisch
Doris Lessing
Alice Munro
Michael Ondaatje
Amos Oz
Philip Roth
Salman Rushdie
Don DeLillo

The original Booker Prize is open only to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth.

The international award includes writers from Canada, Britain, the US, Australia, Ireland, France, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria and the Netherlands.

In a statement, the judging panel - academic Elaine Showalter and novelists Nadine Gordimer and Colm Toibin - said the nominees were "diverse in nationality, language, themes and techniques but united in their dedication to the power of the word".

The inaugural prize for the International Booker was won in 2005 by Albanian writer Ismail Kadare.

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