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International Dublin Literary Award 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018 has been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

    • Baba Dunja’s Last Love (Alina Bronsky, Europa Editions)
    • The Transmigration of Bodies (Yuri Herrera, Text)
    • The Unseen (Roy Jacobsen, Quercus Publishing)
    • Human Acts (Han Kang, A&U)
    • The Lesser Bohemians (Eimear McBride, Text)
    • Solar Bones (Mike McCormack, A&U)
    • Distant Light (Antonio Moresco, Archipelago Books)
    • Ladivine (Marie Ndiaye, Quercus Publishing)
    • The Woman Next Door (Yewande Omotoso, Vintage)
    • My Name is Lucy Barton (Elizabeth Strout, Penguin)

The award, worth €100,000 (A$159,770), is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English, nominated by library systems in major cities around the world. First established in 1994, the award is now wholly funded by Dublin City Council.

Six of the ten shortlisted titles are translated from a language other than English. Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes said, ‘For readers, these stories reveal unfamiliar cultures and countries through memorable characters and their literary narratives.’

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Angolan writer Jose Eduardo Agualusa’s A General Theory of Oblivion (trans by Daniel Hahn, Vintage) won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award.

The winner will be announced on 13 June. For more information, see the website.


Category: International news