Man Booker International Prize 2018 Longlist

I had to come on here to talk about the Man Booker International Prize 2018 longlist.  It looks a lot more interesting than The Women’s Prize 2018 longlist, which didn’t move me one iota.  The Man Booker International Prize always seems to have that right amount of flavor and difference to get a lot of readers of literary fiction interested.  Sadly this year’s list contains no black authors but despite that I’ve found at least 8 books out of the 16 that I’d like to check out at some point; whether they wind up on the shortlist or not.   The shortlist will be announced on April 12th and the winner will be announced on May 22nd.  The judges are all powerhouses in their jobs and that should make it hard for them to agree on the shortlist and in the end the winner.  They will be looking at different aspects of novel-writing and it will be hard to predict which books will wind up on the shortlist.  The judges are being chaired by Lisa Appignanesi OBE, author and cultural commentator.  The panel consists of translator Michael Hofmann, novelist and essayist Hari Kunzru, critic Tim Martin, and novelist and short story writer Helen Oyeyemi.

Happily France has 2 entries with Vernon Subutext 1 by Virginie Despentes and The 7th Function of Language by Lauren Binet.  The former I’ve heard a lot of French people rave about here and the latter I haven’t heard much about but it sounds intriguing, especially since Laurent Binet is known for HHhH which was a very successful novel and adapted to film.  There is a strong Latin representation on this longlist with 3 books from Spain and 1 from Argentina.

The list is very eclectic as usual and all sorts of genres are represented in this longlist.  There’s even a horror book on the list called Frankenstein in Bagdad by Iraqi writer Ahmed Saadawi.  I’m not sure what I’ll be able to read before the shortlist is announced in April or even what I will be able to find, since sometimes some titles may not be readily available.  I’m in no hurry.  If I read anything, firstly I will probably pick up Vernon Subutex 1 and/or The 7th Function of Language because I can get them both here very easily in French.  So that’s my take on this literary prize. Will you be reading anything from this longlist?  Will you be following this prize closely?  If so what are you interested in reading?  I’ll leave the longlist below with the books I’d like to read at some point in bold.

The 13 books on this year’s longlist are:

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The Man Booker International Prize 2016

Man Booker International PrizeThe 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?

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International Reads Book Club

The International Reads Book Club just had its first month in November 2013.  We read The Slynx by Tatyana 310722Tolstaya.  The Slynx could be described as a Russian satiric dystopian novel.  It will bring to mind while reading other great dystopian works like 1984Fahrenheit 451, and A Clockwork Orange.  This was not an easy read and I was well out of my comfort zone, but it was well worth the discovery.  It certainly wasn’t a waste of my time, even though there were a few things that went way over my head.  Readers need to have good knowledge of Russian history and literature to really fully understand The Slynx.  In spite of it all, I found the writing brilliant and the world building intriguing.  There was definitely lots of room for interpretation.  I think this book would make a great movie.  I could really imagine what all the people who survived the blast looked like.  Freaky!

This book club was started by Mercedes over at MercysBookishMusings on You Tube.  She decided that this book club on Goodreads would focus on reading translated works and works from people of colour.  So she united about twelve Booktubers and myself included to compose the core group of the book club.  Each month will be dedicated to a different country so that things don’t get too repetitive and the members will post video discussions/reviews and discuss directly on the International Reads page on the Goodreads site during the month on the chosen book.  At the end of each month, there will be a Google Hangout discussion with a few of the core members to work out the kinks and analyse.  Spoilers! Spoilers! So if you haven’t read the book and are planning to don’t watch the Google Hangout.

This month of December we’re taking a trip to Japan, reading Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata.  In fact, I 10571801haven’t read very much Japanese literature so I’m looking forward to enjoying the perfectionist beauty of Japanese writing that I hear so much about.  All I know is that there is a geisha, mountains, and a rich man involved.  Sounds intriguing right?  If you’re interested in joining, head over to Goodreads, sign up to be a member of International Reads and join in the discussion.  Below are links to Booktubers that are in the core group that you might want to check out.

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