Indian-origin British novelist Sunjeev Sahota, who had made the longlist with his acclaimed immigrant tale 'China Room', missed out in the final running.
Damian Lillard scored 21 points and the Americans rebounded from an opening loss with their first victory of these Olympics, romping past Iran 120-66 on Wednesday.
The 2021 longlist or 'The Booker Dozen' of 13 novels was unveiled on Tuesday after judges evaluated 158 novels published in the UK or Ireland between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.
A six-book shortlist will be announced on September 14, and the winner of the 2021 Booker Prize will be crowned on November 3 during a ceremony in London.
Former U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo claimed that the Iranian government was "at its most precarious state" since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and called for sustained pressure on Tehran.
The novel is narrated by Alfa Ndiaye, a Senegalese soldier fighting for the then-imperial power France during World War I, and charts his descent into madness on the battlefield.
Jury breaks rules, Booker Prize awarded jointly to Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo; Rushdie misses out
This was the fifth time that Salman Rushdie was shortlisted, including the 1981 win where he bagged the award for "Midnight's Children".