Today the 154 longlisted novels for the world’s richest literary prize (100,000 euros) was whittled down to a final ten novels. The award’s long list comes from nominations by public libraries throughout the world for a work in English (it can be translated). I have read two and reviewed them previously, the links to those reviews on this blog are contained in the text below.
The shortlist is:
City of Bohane – Kevin Barry
The Map and The Territory – Michel Houellebecq – (See my review here http://messybooker.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/2010-goncourt-prize-winner-map-and.html )
1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
Pure – Andrew Miller
Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
The Tragedy of Arthur – Arthur Phillips
Swamplandia! – Karen Russell
From The Mouth of The Whale – Sjon – (See my review at http://messybooker.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/2012-independent-foreign-fiction-prize.html )
The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am – Kjersti A. Skomsvold
Caesarion – Tommy Wieringa
I’m very much looking forward to tackling the eight I have not read to date, as last year’s list had a few gems and I’ll be back a few times in the coming days with a review of “Captain of the Steppe” by Oleg Pavlov and the announcement of the shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.