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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Longlist for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize

The 13 books in contention for the Man Booker International Prize were revealed today.  It is given to a book in English translation, with a £50,000 prize for the winning title, to be shared equally between author and translator. Its aim is to encourage more publishing and reading of quality works in translation.

The longlist is as follows:  Author (nationality), TranslatorTitle
José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola), Daniel Hahn, A General Theory of Oblivion
Elena Ferrante (Italy), Ann Goldstein, The Story of the Lost Child  (I reviewed this title on December 18, 2015)
Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith, The Vegetarian
Maylis de Kerangal (France), Jessica Moore, Mend the Living
Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia), Labodalih Sembiring, Man Tiger
Yan Lianke (China), Carlos Rojas, The Four Books
Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria), Roland Glasser, Tram 83
Raduan Nassar (Brazil), Stefan Tobler, A Cup of Rage
Marie NDiaye (France), Jordan Stump, Ladivine
Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan), Deborah Boliner Boem, Death by Water
Aki Ollikainen (Finland), Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, White Hunger
Orhan Pamuk (Turkey), Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind
Robert Seethaler (Austria), Charlotte Collins, A Whole Life

A shortlist of six books will be announced on April 14 and the winner, on May 16