Some literary prizes have a short name, e.g. Nobel Prize. Others do have a long and complicated name. Take as an example of the last one the name of the following prize: “Exceptional Book-Length Work of Literature By An Author of Color Published In 2016”. I wonder. Is the length of the book exceptional? Is the book exceptional? What colour is a person of colour?
I do not know the answers to these questions. I do know the name of the writer who gained the prize. Her name is Helen Oyeyemi, and she hails from Nigeria and lives in Prague. She beat people like Teju Cole and Petina Gappa, just to name a few names. The prize is given for her novel “What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours” .
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