UPDATE: László Krasznahorkai earned the The Man Booker International Prize 2015.
Ten authors are in contention for the biennial Man Booker International Prize, a £60,000 award that honors a fiction writer’s body of work rather than a single novel (not to be confused with the Man Booker Prize 2015 which rewards the best book of the year). Writers from Africa make up 40% of the list with the 2015 list marking the first time Libya, Mozambique, South Africa and the Republic of Congo have been represented. This is also the first time a writer from Guadeloupe and a writer from Hungary made the list.
The winner will be announced May 19th at London’s famed Victoria and Albert Museum, chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel which is made up of Professor Marina Warner (Chair); novelist Nadeem Aslam; novelist, critic and Professor of World Literature in English at Oxford University Elleke Boehmer; Editorial Director of the New York Review Classics series Edwin Frank, and Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London, Wen-chin Ouyang.
The finalists are:
- César Aira (Argentina)
- Hoda Barakat (Lebanon)
- Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe)
- Mia Couto (Mozambique)
- Amitav Ghosh (India)
- Fanny Howe (United States of America)
- Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya)
- László Krasznahorkai (Hungary)
- Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo)
- Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa)