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Man Booker International Prize 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. Chosen from a longlist of 13, the six shortlisted titles are: A General Theory of Oblivion (José Eduardo Agualusa, trans by Daniel Hahn, Harvill Secker); The Story of the Lost Child (Elena Ferrante, trans by Ann Goldstein, Text); The Vegetarian (Han Kang, trans by Deborah Smith, Portobello Books); A Strangeness in My Mind (Orhan Pamuk, trans by Ekin Oklap, Hamish Hamilton); A Whole Life (Robert Seethaler, trans by Charlotte Collins, Picador); and The Four Books (Yan Lianke, trans by Carlos Rojas, Chatto & Windus). Judging panel chair Boyd Tonkin said the of the shortlist: ‘Our selection shows that the finest books in translation extend the boundaries not just of our world—but of the art of fiction itself.’ This year’s award is the first following the merger of the Man Booker International Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2015, changing it from a biennial prize recognising a body of work to an annual prize for a single book. The winner of the £50,000 (A$92,639) prize will be announced on 16 May, with the prize money shared equally between the writer and translator. For more information about the shortlist, click here.



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