Posted by: Lisa Hill | March 10, 2016

2016 Man Booker International Longlist

Update 15/4/16

The Shadow Jury’s shortlist is here and the official Man Booker International Jury’s shortlist is here.

Updated 24/4/16 with links to shadow jury reviews as well as mine and a couple of other reviewers as well.  (BTW reviews are listed simply in the order I found them).

The 2016 Man Booker Longlist was announced today, and I was quite pleased to see that I’ve read and reviewed three of the longlisted titles, and one more is on my TBR.  So I feel as if I am keeping up!

José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola) Daniel Hahn, A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker), see

Elena Ferrante (Italy) Ann Goldstein, The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions), see

Han Kang (South Korea) Deborah Smith, The Vegetarian (Portobello Books) See

Maylis de Kerangal (France) Jessica Moore, Mend the Living (Maclehose Press), see

Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia) Labodalih Sembiring, Man Tiger (Verso Books) See

Yan Lianke (China) Carlos Rojas, The Four Books (Chatto & Windus), (which everyone thinks is a strong contender for the shortlist) see

BTW Yan Lianke has a new book out, Marrow.  It’s not new in China, but newly translated.  See a review at The Asian Review of Books.

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria) Roland Glasser, Tram 83 (Jacaranda), see

Raduan Nassar (Brazil) Stefan Tobler, A Cup of Rage (Penguin Modern Classics), see

Marie NDiaye (France) Jordan Stump, Ladivine (Maclehose Press)

Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan) Deborah Boliner Boem, Death by Water (Atlantic Books) , see

Aki Ollikainen (Finland) Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, White Hunger (Peirene Press), see

Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber) on my TBR. See

Robert Seethaler (Austria) Charlotte Collins, A Whole Life (Picador)

To follow the shadow jury, see Winston’s Dad  and for an Asian perspective on the titles by Asian authors, visit the Asian Review of Books.


  1. Well done, Lisa. I remember enjoying the Yan Lianke book we read for the that Shadow Jury you coordinated all those years ago. I still have to read an Elena Ferrante book. I do have one here, but not that one. Anyhow, it will be interesting to see how the prize goes.

    • I’ve read two Ferrantes and enjoyed them, but not enough to drop everything to read the third one on my TBR. (I had to look to see what it is, it’s Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay).
      I really like the way this prize has changed, instead of being for an author’s body of work, it’s now for a particular title, which gives you somewhere to start with the authors you don’t know.

  2. I’ve read one, White Hunger, have two in the wings – Man Tiger and Mend the Living – and have no interest in Ferrante. So that leaves 9 more to explore at some point. I would say take me to the bookshop except I know they won’t be there, being translations

    • Sadly, that’s mostly true. I nearly always have to buy translations through the Book Depository, it’s where our local booksellers mostly let us down. Which is the one you’ve read? I did this post in a bit of a rush before dinner, but when I’ve got a bit of time after French tomorrow, I’m going to fossick around and find reviews on the Shadow juries websites and link to them and will link to yours too if you can give me the URL please.

  3. I have an Eka Kurniawan, but it’s not that one… And of course I can’t read it because I am Reading India. How goes it? you ask. Terribly slowly. I can recommend Orhan Pamuk’s book. It is wonderful, really to my taste, and I’m happy to see it on your TBR. Have you read any other Pamuks, Lisa?

    • Hi Jenny, *grin* I am a devotee of Pamuk, but I’ve never read the one that brought him to international attention, My Name is Red. I think Snow is the best of the ones I’ve read, but I also really liked The Museum of Innocence and Silent House, not so keen on The White Castle.
      I’ve read the Kewanian released last year by Text Publishing, Beauty is a Wound. An amazing book, so I’m interested to try this one that’s in the longlist.
      Which Indian authors are you reading?

      • I’ve read about thirty pages of Beauty is a Wound and was loving it, but had to put aside on New Year’s Day to begin my Reading India. I have a starter list of books that I’m working through and adding to when people suggest:

        But I have to confess, I am cheating, and about to write a new post about that now..:) As for Pamuk, I haven’t read RED or WHITE CASTLE but have loved all the others… Hard to order for favourites but A Strangeness in My Mind is up there with Museum of Innocence, next Silent House and Snow. I’ve been put in touch with a poet in Turkey who has interviewed Pamuk and I am all sorts of excited about that… Maybe one day I can even meet him. It would be wonderful.

        • I’ve just read your True Confessions, and I have a suggestion to make. Read some Indian fiction. Real Indian fiction I mean, not Anglo-Indian expats. If you read Train to Pakistan you will learn heaps about partition and you won’t be able to put the book down. If you read The Romantics you will learn all about contemporary Indian issues and enjoy a jolly good read at the same time. I think these two will ‘refresh’ your Year of Reading India:) (and I read them both in bed) but I’d also like to suggest that you include some of the women authors who you will find in my India category i.e.

          • Thanks Lisa, went to your page and wrote down 9 more titles that appeal, along with Train to Pakistan, and The Romantics. Thank you so much for refreshment suggestions. It’s only March, what an interesting year it will be!

  4. I have read a couple and have put four on reserve at my library. I hope these all end up on the short list. I am looking forward to reading A Strangeness in My Mind. Like you Lisa, I loved Snow.

    • That’s a good library if they’re stocking as many as that:)

  5. How wonderful to have all these reviews linked olio on your blog! It’s nice to have one consolidated place, and I’m glad you’re reading the list as well. I’m so excited to get the books read and some of my thoughts out there to share with everybody.

    • Please let me know the URL for yours when available and I’ll add them too:)

  6. Six down, seven to go, in terms of reviews – but I’ve actually read two more (the Agualusa and the Nassan), and the reviews will go up over the next two Thursdays :) I’ve said elsewhere that I think it’ll be a toss-up between Han Kang and Oe, but with five to go, I may change my mind yet…

    • Please let me know when they’re up, thanks.

  7. Thanks for linking my review, Lisa. Hope you get to read Seethaler’s book and like it. It is such a beautiful gem. I didn’t realize that it was there on the shortlist till I read your and Claire’s posts on the longlist.

    • I’ll be sure to read it eventually, Vishy:)
      Your review is most enticing!

  8. Lovely idea, building a reference page like this.

    Here’s my review of A Whole Life, if you’d like to add it.

  9. Thanks for sharing links to my blog. My next review will be The Vegetarian by Han Kang this weekend :)

    • Great! Will (try to) keep an eye out for it, I’m dizzy with MBIP reviews now!

  10. […] here for Combined Reviews of the 2016 Man Booker International Longlist, harvested from the Shadow Jury led by Stu from Winston’s Dad and from other trusted […]

  11. […] with the Man Booker International Prize, I’ll be doing my best to harvest reviews from my trusted friends in translated fiction […]

  12. Thank you for including my links to The Four Books and A Strangeness in My Mind. If I may be so bold as to leave you the link to my review of The Story of The Lost Child please don’t be offended:

    • You’re most welcome, and – far from being offended – I’m grateful for the link, I have been checking everyone’s blogs and twitter feeds and Facebook, but it makes so much easier when the team drops by to pass on their links. You just need to be careful not to do more than two at a time, because the blog is programmed to mark that as potential spam.

      • This is proving a tremendous resource to me, one of the jury members! Thanks again for putting it all together. xo

  13. I’ve completed the longlist. My reviews here if of interest:

    In order of my preferences:

    1. The Vegetarian, by Han Kang, tr. Deborah Smith
    2. The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante, tr. Ann Goldstein.
    3. Death by Water, Kenzaburō Ōe, tr. Deborah Boliver Boehm
    4. Ladivine, Marie NDiaye, tr. Jordan Stump
    5. Mend the Living, Maylis de Kerangal, tr. Jessica Moore
    6. White Hunger, Aki Ollikainen, tr. Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah
    7. A Strangeness in My Mind, Orhan Pamuk, tr. Ekin Oklap
    8. A General Theory of Oblivion, José Eduardo Agualusa, tr. Daniel Hahn
    9. Tram 83, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, tr. Roland Glasser
    10. The Four Books, Yan Lianke, tr. Carlos Rojas
    11. Man Tiger, Eka Kurniawan, tr. Labodalih Sembiring
    12. A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler, tr. Charlotte Collins
    13. Cup of Rage, Raduan Nassar, tr. Stefan Tobler

    The first five on my list stand out but any of those from 6-11 could justifiably squeeze into my shortlist. Only the last two (and particularly A Cup of Rage, which I hated) are misses for me.

    • Hello Paul, what a clever way to share your links without quarrelling with my spam filter! I see from your dates at Goodreads that you had read a couple of them before the announcement but wow! you have done some very solid reading to read all the rest of them in such a short time! I’m going now to work my way through reading your reviews, thank you very much for sharing.
      PS Are you game to tip a winner?

      • A winner – has to be the Vegetarian for me.

        • I do like the sound of that one, but I’m also very tempted by your review of Ladivine…

          • Incidentally Han Kang’s Human Acts is even better than The Vegetarian. And I’m told by others than Ladivine may not be NDiaye’s strongest work either.

            • I have her Three Women on my TBR, I think Stu recommended it. I don’t have many ‘rules’ for book buying, but I try not to make a second purchase of an author until I’ve read the first.

  14. A couple of mine not here yet:

    Last two up tomorrow and Tuesday :)

    • Thanks, Tony:)

  15. […] shadow the prize . I enjoyed doing the shadow jury again. I look back as this year Lisa help put together a list of combined reviews . AGain we have reviewed every book at least three times like in our other years. Yhis year saw a […]


%d bloggers like this: