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International Man Booker Prize 2019

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ISBN: 017341

Man Booker Prize 2019 The shortlist is: Title & Author (Original Language - Country/territory) - Title - Publisher, Imprint Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Arabic - Oman) - translated by Marilyn Booth - Sandstone Press The Years by Annie Ernaux (French - France) - translated by Alison L. Strayer - Fitzcarraldo Editions The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann (German - Germany) - translated by Jen Calleja - Profile Books, Serpent's Tail Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk - (Polish - Poland) - translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones - Fitzcarraldo Editions The Shape Of The Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez - (Spanish - Colombia) - translated by Anne McLean - MacLehose Press, Quercus The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán (Spanish - Chile) - translated by Sophie Hughes - And Other Stories The list includes Olga Tokarczuk, who won the prize in 2018 for Flights, with her other translator into English, Antonia Lloyd-Jones; Jokha Alharthi, the first writer from the Arabian Gulf to be longlisted for the prize, alongside Marilyn Booth; and Alia Trabucco Zerán, who makes the list with her debut novel translated by Sophie Hughes. The list also includes The Years by Annie Ernaux and translated by Alison L. Strayer, which has already won prizes including Prix Renaudot in France and Premio Strega in Italy. This year's stories include the pilgrimage of a lecturer on beard fashions over the pine islands of Matsushima, a tale of Colombian conspiracy theories, and an environmental whodunnit with a cast of eccentric characters. Family connections and history are also present in the coming-of-age account of three Omani sisters, the story of three children of ex-militants overcoming Chile's complex past, and an evocative narrative of France from 1941 to 2006 which blends the personal and the collective to present memories of a generation. The shortlist is dominated by independent publishers, with two books from Fitzcarraldo Editions, and one each from Sandstone Press, Profile Books, And Other Stories and Serpent's Tail. The list spans five languages: Arabic, French, German, Polish and Spanish. Bettany Hughes, chair of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, says: 'Wisdom in all its forms is here. Unexpected and unpredictable narratives compelled us to choose this vigorous shortlist. Subversive and intellectually ambitious with welcome flashes of wit, each book nourishes creative conversation. We were struck by the lucidity and supple strength of all the translations.' More judges' comments on each book can be found in 'Book synopses and biographies' in the lower part of this release. The shortlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Bettany Hughes, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, and is made up of writer, translator and chair of English PEN Maureen Freely; philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs; novelist and satirist Elnathan John and essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra.

Beschikbare edities:
The Pine Islands
Marion Poschmann
Faber and Faber
ISBN: 9781788160919 (E/HB)
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Olga Tokarczuk
Random House US
ISBN: 9780525541332 (E/HB)
The Shape of the Ruins
Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Quercus (Hachette)
ISBN: 9780857056580 (E/PB)
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ISBN: 9781408852941 (E/B)
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The Time of Our Singing
Random House UK
ISBN: 9780099453833 (E/PB)
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RH UK - Vintage Books
ISBN: 9780099506027 (E/PB)


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