The Man Booker International Prize 2016 longlist was announced earlier today. The list is comprised of some very impressive and appealing titles. It won’t be easy for the judges to choose the shortlist. I’m thrilled to see a little bit of #ReadSoulLit on the list with Marie NDiyae and Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Both of their books are on my TBR for 2016 so that works out perfectly. I’ll be bumping them up my tremendously long TBR list (2016). The £50,000 prize will be divided between the winning author and translator. Each shortlisted author and translator will be awarded £1,000. The shortlist will be announced 14 April and the winners will be announced 16 May at a dinner at the V&A in London. So let’s check out the list of the thirteen nominees:
A General Theory of Oblivion -José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola) Daniel Hahn, (Harvill Secker)
The Story of the Lost Child – Elena Ferrante (Italy) Ann Goldstein, (Europa Editions)
The Vegetarian – Han Kang (South Korea) Deborah Smith, (Portobello Books)
Mend the Living – Maylis de Kerangal (France) Jessica Moore, (Maclehose Press)
Man Tiger – Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia) Labodalih Sembiring, (Verso Books)
The Four Books – Yan Lianke (China) Carlos Rojas, (Chatto & Windus)
Tram 83 – Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria) Roland Glasser, (Jacaranda)
A Cup of Rage – Raduan Nassar (Brazil) Stefan Tobler, (Penguin Modern Classics)
Ladivine – Marie NDiaye (France) Jordan Stump, (Maclehose Press)
Death by Water – Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan) Deborah Boliner Boem, (Atlantic Books)
White Hunger – Aki Ollikainen (Finland) Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, (Peirene Press)
A Strangeness in My Mind – Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) Ekin Oklap, (Faber & Faber)
A Whole Life – Robert Seethaler (Austria) Charlotte Collins, (Picador)
So do you keep up with the Man Booker International Prize? Or just the Man Booker? Do you think we as readers give too much attention to literary awards? Which literary awards do you enjoy keeping up with?
I’m an affiliate for The Book Depository. It would be much appreciated to click the link below if you’re interested in picking up any of my recommendations. It will help fund my incessant book buying.