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Man Booker International Prize 2016 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

  • A General Theory of Oblivion (José Eduardo Agualusa, trans by Daniel Hahn, Harvill Secker) from Angola
  • The Story of the Lost Child (Elena Ferrante, trans by Ann Goldstein, Text) from Italy
  • The Vegetarian (Han Kang, trans by Deborah Smith, Portobello Books) from South Korea
  • Mend the Living (Maylis de Kerangal, trans by Jessica Moore, Maclehose Press) from France
  • Man Tiger (Eka Kurniawan, trans by Labodalih Sembiring, Verso Books) from Indonesia
  • The Four Books (Yan Lianke, trans by Carlos Rojas, Text) from China
  • Tram 83 (Fiston Mwanza Mujila, trans by Roland Glasser, Jacaranda) from Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria
  • A Cup of Rage (Raduan Nassar, trans by Stefan Tobler, Penguin Modern Classics) from Brazil
  • Ladivine (Marie NDiaye, trans by Jordan Stump, Maclehose Press) from France
  • Death by Water (Kenzaburō Ōe, trans by Deborah Boliner Boem, Atlantic Books) from Japan
  • White Hunger (Aki Ollikainen, trans by Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, Peirene Press) from Finland
  • A Strangeness in My Mind (Orhan Pamuk, trans by Ekin Oklap, Faber) from Turkey
  • A Whole Life (Robert Seethaler, trans by Charlotte Collins, Picador) from Austria.

This is the first time a longlist for the Man Booker International Prize has been announced after the prize merged with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize last year. As part of the new structure, the prize will be awarded to a single book written in a non-English language and translated into English. Previously, the prize was awarded biennially to a body of work.

The £50,000 (A$94,871) prize will be shared equally between the winning writer and translator, and each shortlisted author and translator will also receive £1000 (A$1897).

The shortlist will be announced on 14 April and the winner on 16 May.

For more information about the prize, click here.


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