International Literary Prizes

It’s that time of year when a whole lot of big inter/national literary prizes are announced. Among the notable ones:

  • The Man Booker Prize for Fiction (English-language fiction) went to Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • The German Book Prize (German fiction) went to Die Hauptstadt by Robert Menasse
  • The prix Goncourt (French fiction) went to L’ordre du jour by Éric Vuillard (and is to be published next fall in the US, by Other Press)
  • The prix Renaudot (French fiction) went to La Disparition de Josef Mengele by Olivier Guez
  • The Nordic Council Literature Prize (Scandinavian fiction) went to Erindring om kærligheden by Kirsten Thorup
  • The Premio Planeta (Spanish-language fiction) went to El fuego invisible by Javier Sierra

Meanwhile, the International DUBLIN Literary Award has just announced its enormous longlist for the 2018 prize — always an interesting overview of a lot of international literature recently published in English.


Man Booker International Prize shortlist

They’ve announced the shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize, the £50,000 prize for the best work of translated fiction published in the UK in the past year:

  • Compass by Mathias Énard, tr. Charlotte Mandell
  • Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, tr. Megan McDowell
  • A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman, tr. Jessica Cohen
  • Judas by Amos Oz, tr. Nicholas de Lange
  • Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors, tr. Misha Hoekstra
  • The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen, tr. Don Bartlett and Don Shaw

The winner will be announced on 14 June.

Man Booker Prize longlist

They’ve announced the 13-title-strong longlist for this year’s  Man Booker Prize, selected from 155 (unrevealed) submissions.

This is the major (now-)international prize for an English-language novel (published in the UK), and the longlist is a mix of very big names (including Nobel laureate Coetzee) and some less well-known ones. Very little from outside the dominant US-UK axis, however …..