Posted by: Lisa Hill | April 11, 2017

2017 International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

The 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist has been announced. The list includes The Green Road by Irish author, Anne Enright, six novels in translation from Angola, Austria, Denmark/Norway, Mexico, Mozambique and Turkey, and novels from Nigeria, Vietnam and the USA.

It looks like an interesting list: I’ve seen most of these reviewed around the blogs I read, and will hunt out links to them when I have time.

1. A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa (Angolan) Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn.

2. Confession of the Lioness by Mia Couto (Mozambican) Translated from the Portuguese by David Brookshaw.

3. The Green Road by Anne Enright (Irish ), on my TBR

4. The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine (Danish/Norwegian) Translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken.

5. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (Mexican) Translated from the Spanish by  Christina MacSweeney.

6. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Vietnamese/American) First novel.

7. Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (Nigerian-American) First novel. Already on my wishlist.

8. A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk (Turkish) Translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap.  On my TBR.

9. A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler (Austrian) Translated from the German by Charlotte Collins.

10. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (American)

From their website:

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched on 7th April 1995 and is now in its 22nd year.

‘The 2017 winner will be chosen from this intriguing international shortlist which includes six novels in translation from Danish, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. The novels come from Angola, Austria, Denmark/Norway, Ireland, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Turkey, Vietnam and the USA’, said Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian. ‘Issues of conflict and communication are set against a myriad of cultural and family settings and in contemporary and historic time periods. For readers, these stories add new and absorbing characters to our circle of international literary acquaintances.’


  1. Happy to see ‘A Strangeness in My Mind’ on there, it is one of my favourite books. Also ‘A Little Life’, I loved. Didn’t finish ‘The Sympathizer’ but did like it very much until it lost my interest somehow somewhere. Maybe it was life got in the way…


    • Life, gosh yes, funny how it does that, eh?


  2. I’ve read “The Sympathizer,” “A Little Life” and “The Green Road.” They were all pretty good – “The Sympathizer” is my favorite of that bunch. I see I”m going to have to bump “A Strangeness in Mind” up the list –


    • Hey Becky, If you could let me have the URLs for your reviews I could add them as links?


      • Oops – just did it on another post – reading my mail backwards this morning I guess. lol


  3. I’ve only read The Green Road and thought it was a good story but not Enright’s best.


  4. I have read 5 of them

    A Little Life

    Confessions of the Lionness

    A Whole Life

    A Strangeness in my Mind

    A General Theory of Oblivion

    The Pamuk is my favourite of those

    I am intrigued by The Prophets of Eternal Fjord as i have heard good things about it


    • Woo hoo! Your reviews are always interesting… thanks, Paul:)


  5. To my surprise I find that I have actually read (listened to) one of these, Prophets of Eternal Fjord, and enjoyed it to.


    • I don’t remember you reviewing it… is it too late for you to write one when you get home?


    • That one is now on my wish list – thanks.


  6. I’ve read A Little Life and A Whole Life. I wasn’t particularly wowed by the latter. The former was a very engaging and engrossing (and confronting) read. I have A Strangeness in My Mind on my shelves – it looks really interesting.


    • I’ve read a few reviews of those two, and haven’t really been inspired to chase up either. It might just be my mood at the moment. I want something a bit frisky to read (so don’t ask me why I picked up Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping for my current reading, I am making heavy weather of it.)


      • I have battled through Gilead – my first and only Robinson – too much like hard work for me.


        • I didn’t like it either, but I thought she was a good writer so I was prepared to give her another go. But there are limits IMO to how far you can go with writing about ordinary everyday lives, and I think it’s either her limit or mine that’s being tested by Housekeeping…


          • Some writers can make ordinary life very interesting.


            • Yes, indeed they can. And some ordinary lives aren’t ordinary at all. It’s all in the art of the author…


  7. I didn’t see where you wanted links to reviews –

    The Green Road by Anne Enright:

    The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen:

    A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara:


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