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International Booker 2022 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2022 International Booker Prize, worth £50,000 (A$90k), has been announced.

The shortlisted books are:

  • Cursed Bunny (Bora Chung, trans by Anton Hur, Honford Star)
  • A New Name: Septology VI-VII (Jon Fosse, trans by Damion Searls, Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • Heaven (Mieko Kawakami, trans by Samuel Bett & David Boyd, Picador)
  • Elena Knows (Claudia Piñeiro, trans by Frances Riddle, Charco Press)
  • Tomb of Sand (Geetanjali Shree, trans by Daisy Rockwell, Tilted Axis)
  • The Books of Jacob (Olga Tokarczuk, trans by Jennifer Croft, Text).

The shortlist was chosen from a longlist announced in March, which included Happy Stories, Mostly by Indonesian writer Norman Erikson Pasaribu, translated by Sydney-based writer and translator Tiffany Tsao (Giramondo). Tsao is the first Australia-based translator to be recognised in the history of the prize.

The International Booker is awarded to a book translated into English. The prize money is shared equally between the winning writer and translator, and each shortlisted writer and translator also receive £1000 (A$1800). Last year’s winner was At Night All Blood is Black by French author David Diop, translated by Anna Moschovakis (Pushkin).

The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on 26 May. For more information, see the website.


Category: International news