Six Books Shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize

The Man Booker International Prize has just announced the six books that have been shortlisted for the prestigious prize. The prize gives recognition to literary works that were translated to English and publish in the UK. It is different from its equivalent, the Man Booker Prize, where that award recognizes books originally written in English and published in the UK.

The nominees are:

Author (country/territory), Translator, Title (imprint) 

  • Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)
  • Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books)
  • László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)
  • Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez, Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)
  • Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)
  • Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Han Kang and her translator, Deborah Smith, have previously won the award in 2016, for The Vegetarian and László Krasznahorkai won the prize in 2015. The award comes with a cash prize of £50,000 ($71,000) that split equally between the author and the translator.

The winner will be announced on May 22 at a ceremony held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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