Posted by: Lisa Hill | March 30, 2011

David Malouf shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize

I am ecstatic – David Malouf is a finalist in the 2011 Man Booker International Prize.

The prize carries £60,000 in prize money and is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either in English or in translation.  Making the finalists list is a wonderful affirmation of Malouf’s well-deserved place in the international literary scene.

The thirteen authors on the list are:

  • Wang Anyi (China)
  • Juan Goytisolo (Spain)
  • James Kelman (UK)
  • John le Carré (UK)
  • Amin Maalouf (Lebanon)
  • David Malouf (Australia) (see my review of An Imaginary Life and my review of Ransom )
  • Dacia Maraini (Italy)
  • Rohinton Mistry (India/Canada)
  • Philip Pullman (UK) (see my review of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ)
  • Marilynne Robinson (USA)
  • Philip Roth (USA) ( see my review of Portnoy’s Complaint, and my review of The Plot Against America)
  • Su Tong (China)
  • Anne Tyler (USA)

Of these I have read John le  Carré, Rohinton Mistry, Philip Pullman, Philip Roth and Anne Tyler, and almost everything in fiction that David Malouf has written.

Previous winners were

  • Ismail Kadaré  (2005) (see my review of The Siege and my review of The Accident).
  • Chinua Achebe (2007) and
  • Alice Munro (2009)

The prize pool includes a separate award for translation and the winner may choose his/her translator to receive a prize of £15,000.

The winner will be announced at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on 18 May and then there’s an awards ceremony in London on 28 June 2011.


  1. Lisa, do you mean the Man Booker International Prize? I think that’s what Alice Munro won?


    • Good grief, I checked and re-checked this post, and still I mucked up and left out a most important word! Thanks, Sue, I have fixed it now.


  2. I saw this late last night on twitter ,I think the fact there isn’t a african or latin american writer on list is a bit shocking ,of the ones choosen goytisolo jumps out at me ,all the best stu


  3. Quite a competitive list! Stu, I’m also a bit shock at the exclusion of African and Latin American writers. I think one day, they should nominate Nurrudin Farah, the Somali writer. Rooting especially for Malouf, Mistry and Robinson and Tong. Nice to see Chinese authors on the list. Thanks Lisa.


    • It’s interesting, isn’t it? I’d love to know what their criteria are supposed to be. I should say, though, that I only discovered the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare because of this prize and he’s wonderful, so they have given writers-in-translation a boost before now.
      I read Chinua Achebe when I was at school, and this prize also encourages me to read more of his work than just the one I’ve read. So I do think they are trying to be more international.


  4. I wouldn’t fancy being the judge for this prize? I mean how on earth can you even compare these writers against one another? Admittedly, it’d be nice to see David Malouf win this, but my secret wish is to see Anne Tyler walk away with the prize money. I’ve read all of her books, but the last one, and she has provided me with years of reading pleasure!


    • OK, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I too enjoy Anne Tyler (though I have a few of her recent ones to catch up on). Her characters and stories are very memorable – there are quite a few I haven’t forgotten and I do forget many books and characters! But I do think Malouf’s body of work is more significant: I think it’s been both broader and more varied in concerns, and has grappled with some significant social, political, personal and philosophical issues??


  5. […] thanks to Lisa of  ANZ Litlovers LitBlog for drawing my attention to the announcement.  Winstonsdad and I have voiced our disappointment […]


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