Thursday, March 16, 2017

Man Booker International Prize Longlist

Candidates for this year's Man Booker International Prize have been announced with the release of a 13-book longlist. The prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK. The award of £50,000 (about $61,020) is divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator. A shortlist of six books will be released April 20th, and the winner named on June 14th in London. This year's longlisted titles are:
  • Compass by Mathias Enard (France), trans. by Charlotte Mandell
  • Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg (Poland), trans. by Eliza Marciniak
  • A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman (Israel), trans. by Jessica Cohen
  • War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans (Belgium), trans. by David McKay
  • The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Norway), trans. by Don Bartlett & Don Shaw
  • The Traitor's Niche by Ismail Kadare (Albania), trans. by John Hodgson
  • Fish Have No Feet by Jon Kalman Stefansson (Iceland), trans. by Phil Roughton
  • The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke (China), trans. by Carlos Rojas
  • Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou (France), trans. by Helen Stevenson
  • Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer (Germany), trans. by Katy Derbyshire
  • Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors (Denmark), trans. by Misha Hoekstra
  • Judas by Amos Oz (Israel), trans. by Nicholas de Lange
  • Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), trans. by Megan McDowell

The 13 books have been translated from 11 different languages, across Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East.

Some interesting titles in the list. Unfortunately, they're not always available here in the US, at least not right away. But the fact that they've been nominated for such a prestigious award can mean wider publication, so I'm sure they'll get here eventually.

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