The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2017 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.
The prize is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The work of translators is equally rewarded, with the GBP 50,000 prize divided between the author and the translator of the winning entry. In addition, each shortlisted author and translator will receive GPB 1,000 each. The judges considered 126 books.
The full 2017 longlist is as follows:
Author (nationality) Translator Title
Mathias Enard Charlotte Mandell Compass
Wioletta Greg Eliza Marciniak Swallowing Mercury
David Grossman Jessica Cohen A Horse Walks Into a Bar
Stefan Hertmans David McKay War and Turpentine
Roy Jacobsen Don Bartlett The Unseen
(Norway) Don Shaw
Ismail Kadare John Hodgson The Traitor's Niche
Jon Kalman Stefansson Phil Roughton Fish Have No Feet
Yan Lianke Carlos Rojas The Explosion Chronicles
Alain Mabanckou Helen Stevenson Black Moses
Clemens Meyer Katy Derbyshire Bricks and Mortar
Dorthe Nors Misha Hoekstra Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
Amos Oz Nicholas de Lange Judas
Samanta Schweblin Megan McDowell Fever Dream
The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and consisting of: Daniel Hahn, an award-winning writer, editor and translator; Elif Shafak, a prize-winning novelist and one of the most widely read writers in Turkey; Chika Unigwe, author of four novels including On Black Sisters’ Street; and Helen Mort, a poet who has been shortlisted for many poetry prizes in the UK.
Nick Barley said, “It’s been an exceptionally strong year for translated fiction. Our longlist consists of books that are compulsively readable and ferociously intelligent. From powerful depictions and shocking exposés of historical and contemporary horrors to intimate and compelling portraits of people going about their daily lives, our longlisted books are above all breathtakingly well-written. Fiction in translation is flourishing: in these times when walls are being built, this explosion of brilliant ideas from around the world arriving into the English language feels more important than ever.”
The shortlist of six books will be announced on 20 April and the winner of the 2017 prize will be announced on 14 June at a formal dinner in London.