Today 10 writers have made it to the shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize which will award the recipient £60,000 (that’s somewhere in the neighborhood of $90,000). The winner will be announced in May.
The full list is below:
Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy (India)
Ananthamurthy is a poet and writer known for his critique on India’s caste system. The blog churumuri has an interview with Ananthamurthy you should read.
Aharon Appelfeld (Israel)
Appelfield survived and escaped a concentration camp as a boy, and has gone on to write multiple novels, many of which have been translated for Danish, Dutch, English, and Italian readers. Jewish Virtual Library breaks down Appelfield’s translated titles.
Lydia Davis (USA)
Davis is a novelist, short-story writer, and translator. She is currently working on a new translation of Madame Bovary. Check out this interview Davis did with Believer Magazine.
Intizar Husain (Pakistan)
Husain — a journalist, short-story writer, and novelist — writes about Pakistan past and present, weaving Islam’s influence into his stories. The New York Review of Books has a bit more to say about Husain’s work.
Yan Lianke (China)
The author of several satirical novels set in Beijing, many of Lianke’s books have been banned in China. In 2011, Lianke was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.
Marie NDiaye (France)
Ndiaye was the first black woman to win the Prix Goncourt for her book Three Strong Women which challenged immigration.
Josip Novakovich (Canada)
Novakovich is an award-winning author and professor. Kirkus Reviews called him “the best American shorts stories writer of the decade.”
Marilynne Robinson (USA)
The bestselling novelist teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Vladimir Sorokin (Russia)
One of the most popular writers in Russia, Sorokin is sometimes called the “Russian de sade“.
Peter Stamm (Switzerland)
Zadie Smith called Stamm’s Seven Years, “a novel to make you doubt your own dogma.”