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TORONTO: Man Booker Prize finalist Madeleine Thien on Monday won Canada´s Giller Prize, the country´s richest fiction award, for “Do Not Say We Have Nothing”, about a young woman´s flight from China after the Tiananmen Square protests.

The C$100,000 ($74,700) prize was awarded in Toronto by a five-member jury.

The jury wrote that they were entranced by the book´s “detailed, layered, complex drama of classical musicians and their loved ones trying to survive two monstrous insults to their humanity: Mao Zedong´s Cultural Revolution in mid-twentieth century China and the Tiananmen Square massacre.

“The book had also been nominated for the Booker Prize, but last month lost out to American Paul Beatty´s “The Sellout”, a biting satire on race relations in the United States.

($1 = 1.3383 Canadian dollars)