It’s not as fun watching how these prizes are awarded as it used to be, but this new Warwick Prize is an odd one, simply for being ecelectic. Here’s the shortlist:
Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 by Lisa Appignanesi (Virago)
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi? by Francisco Goldman (Atlantic Books)
Reinventing the Sacred by Stuart A Kauffman (Perseus – Basic Books)
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein (Penguin)
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century by Alex Ross (4th Estate, HarperCollins)
Montano’s Malady by Enrique Vila-Matas (translator: Jonathan Dunne) (New Directions)
So what’s the unifying theme here? Complexity, they state.
The judges are an odd collection too, with sci-fi/fantasy writer China Miéville, translator and author Maureen Freely, and mathematician Ian Stewart among them.1 No, I don’t recognize the other two. 2
More like this please.
- I’ve been meaning to read Flatterland for awhile, but completely forgot it. [↩]
- Ouch. Yes, i do. I’m ashamed not to have placed Stephen Mitchelmore’s name immediately. This Space is an excellent blog that I’ve been reading for years. Now i’m scrabbling to see if Maya Jaggi is someone else who has been lost to my notoriously spotty memory. [↩]