2016 Man Booker International Prize Longlist

mblogoThe announcement of the longlist of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction last week (un)officially marks the opening of literary awards season.  No sooner had I finished tweaking my ever-growing TBR pile (I really need to find a bigger word here, midden perhaps?) when the longlist for the Man Booker International was announced.  This marks the first year that the Man Booker International has had a longlist of books; previously the award was awarded based on an author’s complete body of work.  The judges have outdone themselves.  The longlist looks intrguing:

From Angola:  José Eduardo Agualusa Daniel Hahn (trans.), A General Theory of Oblivion 

From Austria: Robert Seethaler , Charlotte Collins (trans.), A Whole Life (available from NVCL)

From Brazil: Raduan Nassar ,Stefan Tobler (trans.), A Cup of Rage 

From China: Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas (trans.), The Four Books  (available from NVCL)

From Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria: Fiston Mwanza MujilaRoland Glasser (trans.), Tram 83

From Finland: Aki Ollikainen Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah (trans.), White Hunger 

From France: Maylis de Kerangal , Jessica Moore (trans.), Mend the Living 

From France: Marie NDiaye Jordan Stump (trans.), Ladivine (available from NVCL)

From Indonesia: Eka Kurniawan , Labodalih Sembiring (trans.), Man Tiger (available from NVCL)

From Italy: Elena Ferrante Ann Goldstein (trans.), The Story of the Lost Child (available from NVCL)

From Japan: Kenzaburō Ōe Deborah Boliver Boehm (trans.), Death by Water (available from NVCL)

From South Korea: Han Kang Deborah Smith (trans.), The Vegetarian 

From Turkey: Orhan Pamuk Ekin Oklap (trans.), A Strangeness in My Mind  (available from NVCL)

The shortlist will be announced on 14 April; the winner of the 2016 prize will be announced on 16 May.

Long story short, I gotta hit the books.


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