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Adam Mars-Jones wins Hatchet Job of the Year award

London: A critic who accused a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of scattering literary allusions like "tin cans tied to a tricycle" has won a prize for the year`s most lacerating book review.

Adam Mars-Jones` review of Michael Cunningham`s novel ‘By Nightfall’ was named the winner of the Hatchet Job of the Year Award.

The review condemns the novel`s pretensions, saying it is "filled with thoughts about art, or (more ominously) Thoughts about Art."

Mars-Jones, a British-born novelist, was awarded a golden hatchet and a year`s supply of potted shrimp at a ceremony Tuesday in London.

The UK-centric prize was established by review aggregating website The Omnivore to honor "the angriest, funniest, most trenchant" review published in a newspaper or magazine in 2011.

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