The Man Booker International Prize judges have whittled the entry list of 155 works down to their longlist of thirteen books.
As previously posted here, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Man Booker International Prize have “merged” from this year onwards, with the Man Booker award pretty much taking on the rues and criteria from the IFFP – for example it is now yearly, it is now for a single work instead of a body of work, the prize is shared between the writer and the translator. For a few years I have been a member of the IFFP Shadow Jury and that continues this year with an avid group of eight readers, including myself, who will read, debate, blog and decide our favourite work from the list. More on the Shadow Jury can be found here
Here are the thirteen longlisted books for 2016:
Elena Ferrante (Italy) Ann Goldstein, The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions)
Maylis de Kerangal (France) Jessica Moore, Mend the Living (Maclehose Press)
Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia) Labodalih Sembiring, Man Tiger (Verso Books)
Yan Lianke (China) Carlos Rojas, The Four Books (Chatto & Windus)
Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria) Roland Glasser, Tram 83 (Jacaranda)
Raduan Nassar (Brazil) Stefan Tobler, A Cup of Rage (Penguin Modern Classics)
Marie NDiaye (France) Jordan Stump, Ladivine (Maclehose Press)
Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan) Deborah Boliner Boem, Death by Water (Atlantic Books)
Aki Ollikainen (Finland) Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, White Hunger (Peirene Press)
Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber)
Robert Seethaler (Austria) Charlotte Collins, A Whole Life (Picador)
Stay tuned to this blog, and those of the other Shadow Jury members, as reviews of all of these works will be forthcoming.