Posted by: Lisa Hill | April 6, 2018

2018 Dublin Literary Award shortlist

Well, I got myself all excited by the Australian and New Zealand nominations on the 2018 Dublin Literary Award longlist, but the short list announced today doesn’t include any books from our part of the world, and indeed only one from our hemisphere.

Still, it’s good to see those translations there.

  1. Baba Dunja’s Last Love by Alina Bronsky (Ukrainian/German) Translated from the German by Tim Mohr. Published by Europa Editions.
  2. The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera (Mexican) Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman. Published by And Other Stories.
  3. The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Norwegian) Translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett & Don Shaw. Published by MacLehose Press.
  4. Human Acts by Han Kang (South Korean) Translated from Korean by Deborah Smith. Published by Portobello Books and Random House, USA.
  5. The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (Irish) Published by Faber & Faber.
  6. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Irish) Published by Tramp Press, see my review.
  7. Distant Light  by Antonio Moresco (Italian) Translated from Italian by Richard Dixon. Published by Archipelago Books.
  8. Ladivine  by Marie Ndiaye (French) Translated from French by Jordan Stump. Published by MacLehose Press.
  9. The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (South African/Nigerian/Barbadian) Published by Chatto & Windus (on order from Fishpond)
  10.  My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (American) Published by Penguin, UK

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator received €25,000.  The winner will be announced on 13th June.


  1. Hi Lisa! Yes I checked to see how my mate Sarah Drummond was faring but she wasn’t there. But still, it’s an honour to be in that big long list to start with. Always great to see Aus/NZ writers there.

    Hope you’re well. Feel I’m out of touch with all things wordpressy right now. Particularly since I changed my site around and stopped my blog part and stopped comments. But it feels like a load off the old shoulders.

    See you around somewhere I hope. Maybe MWF down the track!


    • Maybe… but probably not at MWF… I prefer the smaller regional and suburban festivals these days:)
      I hope Little Gods is going well!


      • True I agree the smaller ones can be more appealing. Maybe Willy… Anyway will keep my eyes open.


        • Yes, I like the Willy, also Bendigo is great. And although they don’t have many literary offerings there’s usually something good at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival as well.


  2. Amazingly I’ve read one (Strout) and own another (McCormack). Look forward to your review of The Woman Next Door.


    • I got an email from Fishpond today to say that it’s on its way:)


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