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Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for "Milkman," a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland's years of Catholic-Protestant violence. Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the 50,000-pound ($66,000) prize, which is open to English-language authors from around the world.The 56-year-old Belfast-born novelist said she was "stunned" to have won. She said her books took a long time to complete, and she has often struggled financially since her first novel, "No Bones," was released in 2001 .Founded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize was originally open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers.It's likely to bring a big boost to Burns, who has published two previous novels, but is hardly a household name.Appiah said the vivid, distinctive Belfast language in Burns' book was "really worth savoring".
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