US writer wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction
13 April, 2017
The Underground Railroad, a novel by American author Colson Whitehead, was awarded this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Fiction at a ceremony held on Monday, 10 April. Combining liberating imagination and brutal reality, the novel’s triumph marks the first time in more than 20 years that the same work has won the Pulitzer and National Book Award for fiction. Whitehead weaves his fantasy of taking the network of escape routes to freedom and making it an actual train together with a too-believable story of a young slave girl’s flight from a plantation.
Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, which won Pulitzer for drama, explores how the shutdown of a Pennsylvania factory leads to the breakdown of friendship and family, and a devastating cycle of violence, prejudice, poverty and drugs. The play marks Nottage’s Broadway debut and her second Pulitzer Prize following the honour she garnered for Ruined in 2009.