2019 Political Fiction Book prize long list

Milkman

Anna Burns

Published by: Faber

“Anna Burns’s novel is an extraordinary accomplished
evocation of 1970s Belfast that doesn¹t once name its setting. How is it
political? It doesn¹t describe but demonstrates at the level of language
itself how a political situation shapes every aspect of the life of a
community, from family relationships to lived geography to sexual politics
to the meaning of reading a book. It¹s powerfully menacing and absurd and
at the same time — almost line by line — miraculously funny.”