Man Booker International 2017 shortlist released

News - Prizes Friday, 21 April 2017

Amos Oz amongst six authors shortlisted; three British translators on list; Oneworld continues run of Booker success


Six authors and their translators have been picked for the £50,000 prize, which is now split equally between writer and translator.

The full shortlist is:-

- Compass by Mathias Enard (France), translated by Charlotte Mandell (US) published by Fitzcarraldo Editions

- A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman (Israel), translated by Jessica Cohen (US) and published by Jonathan Cape

- The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Norway), translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw (UK) and published by Maclehose

- Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors (Denmark), translated by Misha Hoekstra (US) and published by Pushkin Press

- Judas by Amos Oz (Israel), translated by Nicholas de Lange (UK) and published by Chatto & Windus

- Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), translated by Megan McDowell (US) and published by Oneworld

Amos Oz, one of two Israeli authors listed, is the most familiar name on the list to British readers, although Mathias Enard has won the Prix Goncourt. Oneworld has won the Man Booker for the last two years and winning the International the next year would be a remarkable achievement for the independent. Previous Man Booker International winner Ismail Kadare was longlisted this year but has not reached the shortlist.

This is the second year of the new-look prize, formed by an amalgamation of the Man Booker International and the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction. last year's winner, The Vegetarian, chalked up 160,000 sales in the UK.

Nick Barley, chair of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, said: "Our shortlist spans the epic and the everyday. From fevered dreams to sleepless nights, from remote islands to overwhelming cities, these wonderful novels shine a light on compelling individuals struggling to make sense of their place in a complex world."

The shortlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and consisting of: Daniel Hahn, a 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 TS Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize

The winner will be announced on 14 June at a dinner at the V&A.

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