The Man Booker International Prize longlist was announced late last night Australian time, and I was very pleased to see that local publisher Text Publishing has released Australian editions of two of them so they are easy to get here. They are the ones which I’ve reviewed…
The press release tells me that:
The prize is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The work of translators is equally rewarded, with the £50,000 prize divided between the author and the translator of the winning entry. In addition, each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000 each. The judges considered 126 books.
The longlist names the author, nationality, the translator, the title and the original imprint. You can follow the links to a summary at the MBIP website.
- Mathias Enard (France), Charlotte Mandell, Compass (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- Wioletta Greg (Poland), Eliza Marciniak, Swallowing Mercury (Portobello Books)
- David Grossman (Israel), Jessica Cohen, A Horse Walks Into a Bar (Jonathan Cape)
- Stefan Hertmans (Belgium), David McKay, War and Turpentine (Harvill Secker), see my review of the Text Publishing edition
- Roy Jacobsen (Norway), Don Bartlett, Don Shaw, The Unseen (Maclehose)
- Ismail Kadare (Albania), John Hodgson, The Traitor’s Niche (Harvill Secker)
- Jon Kalman Stefansson (Iceland), Phil Roughton, Fish Have No Feet (Maclehose)
- Yan Lianke (China), Carlos Rojas, The Explosion Chronicles (Chatto & Windus), see my review of the Text Publishing edition
- Alain Mabanckou (France), Helen Stevenson, Black Moses (Serpent’s Tail)
- Clemens Meyer (Germany), Katy Derbyshire, Bricks and Mortar (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- Dorthe Nors (Denmark), Misha Hoekstra, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (Pushkin Press)
- Amos Oz (Israel), Nicholas de Lange, Judas (Chatto & Windus)
- Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), Megan McDowell, Fever Dream (Oneworld)
The press release also says:
The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and consisting of: Daniel Hahn, an award-winning writer, editor and translator; Elif Shafak, a prize-winning novelist and one of the most widely read writers in Turkey; Chika Unigwe, author of four novels including On Black Sisters’ Street; and Helen Mort, a poet who has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize, and has won a Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award five times.
The shortlist of six books will be announced on 20 April and the winner of the 2017 prize will be announced on 14 June at a formal dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Stu from Winston’s Dad will be chairing the Shadow Jury under the tag ‘Man Booker International 2017’ so if you want to keep up with reviews of this enticing list, that’s your starting point.