Celebrating the Man Booker International shortlist

One of the interesting things about the Man Booker International Prize is that it’s open to any author whose work is available in English, which includes translations. This makes it a much more diverse prize than most literary awards, which are usually for one recently published book. But where to start? Fortunately at this year’s prize announcement, judge chair Rick Gekoski was happy to share his favourite titles from the 13 shortlisted authors. We think they would make a pretty fine shelf display …

  • Philip Roth (USA): American Pastoral and Nemesis (both Vintage)
  • Wang Anyi (China): The Song of Everlasting Sorrow (Columbia University Press)
  • Juan Goytisolo (Spain): The Garden of Secrets (Serpent’s Tail)
  • James Kelman (UK): How Late It Was, How Late (Vintage)
  • John le Carré (UK): The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Viking)
  • Amin Maalouf (Lebanon): Balthasar’s Odyssey (Vintage)
  • David Malouf (Australia): Remembering Babylon (Vintage)
  • Dacia Maraini (Italy): The Silent Duchess (Arcadia Books)
  • Rohinton Mistry (India/Canada): A Fine Balance (Faber)
  • Philip Pullman (UK): ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy (Scholastic)
  • Marilynne Robinson (USA): Home (Virago)
  • Su Tong (China): Rice (Simon & Schuster UK)
  • Anne Tyler: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and The Amateur Marriage (both Vintage)

More information about the shortlisted authors can be found here.

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