As I frequently note, international literary prizes can be a good guide to significant new foreign fiction — not just the winning titles, but also the short- and long-lists (which is why among the resources-pages here you’ll find one for Prizes (with information about and links to many of the leading ones)).
The International DUBLIN Literary Award is a €100,000 prize “for a novel written in English or translated into English”, with the entries nominated by libraries from around the world (which is not ideal — see my comments about this year’s longlist — but does make for an interesting, broad range of titles).
They’ve now announced this year’s shortlist (of ten titles), and it consists of::
- Academy Street by Mary Costello
- A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
- Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
- Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub
- The End of Daysby Jenny Erpenbeck
- Family Life by Akhil Sharma
- Lila by Marilynne Robinson
- Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga
- Outlaws by Javier Cercas
- Your Fathers, Where Are They ? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever ? by Dave Eggers
That’s a pretty solid list, which includes the most recent winners of the Man Booker (the Marlon James) as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction (Lila). Four of the ten titles are translations — with Susan Bernofsky’s translation of the Erpenbeck already having won several best-translation prizes (notably last year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk).
In any case, by and large this is a very solid selection of recent titles to choose from.