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Man Booker International Prize 2016 Longlist Revealed

By March 11, 2016Literary Awards

The Man Booker has joined forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and is awarded annually on the basis of a single book. Each year a £50,000 prize is divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator, and the Man Booker International Prize Longlist for 2016 has now been announced.

From the 155 books that the judges consider, there are thirteen in the longlist. On 14th April the judges will announce a shortlist of just six books and from here the winner will be announced on 16th May.

Here are this year’s longlisted books:

A General Theory of Oblivion

Author – Jose Eduardo Agualusa (Angola)
Translator – Daniel Hahn

“A General Theory of Oblivion is a perfectly crafted, wild patchwork of a novel, playing on a love of storytelling and fable.”

A General Theory of Oblivion US
A General Theory of Oblivion  UK

The Story of the Lost Child

Author – Elena Ferrante (Italy)
Translator – Ann Goldstein

The Story of the Lost Child is the final novel in the quartet of Neapolitan novels

The Story of the Lost Child US
The Story of the Lost Child UK

The Vegetarian

Author – Han Kang (South Korea)
Translator – Deborah Smith

The Vegetarian is a beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul

The Vegetarian US
The Vegetarian UK

Mend the Living

Author – Maylis de Kerangal (France)
Translator – Jessica Moore

Mend the Living is the story of a heart transplant, centred around Simon Limbeau, the boy whose heart is given, and his family.

Mend the Living US
Mend the Living UK

Man Tiger

Author – Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia)
Translator – Labodalih Sembiring

A wry, affecting tale set in a small town on the Indonesian coast, Man Tiger tells the story of two interlinked and tormented families

Man Tiger US
Man Tiger UK

The Four Books

Author – Yan Lianke (China)
Translator – Carlos Rojas

The Four Books is a powerful, daring novel of the dog-eat-dog psychology inside a labor camp for intellectuals during Mao’s Great Leap Forward.

The Four Books US
The Four Books UK

Tram 83

Author – Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Translator – Roland Glasser

Tram 83 plunges the reader into the atmosphere of a gold rush as cynical as, it is comic and colourfully exotic.

Tram 83  US
Tram 83  UK

A Cup of Rage

Author – Raduan Nassar (Brazil)
Translator – Stefan Tobler

A Cup of Rage is a book of eroticism, vitriolic insults, cruelty and warring egos, and a sexual adventure turns into a savage power game

A Cup of Rage US
A Cup of Rage UK


Author – Marie NDiaye (France)
Translator – Jordan Stump

Ladivine, from acclaimed author NDiaye is said to be a masterpiece of narrative ingenuity and emotional extremes

Ladivine US
Ladivine UK

Death by Water

Author – Kenzaburo Oe (Japan)
Translator – Deborah Boliner Boem

Death by Water is an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today

Death by Water US
Death by Water UK

White Hunger

Author – Aki Ollikainen (Finland)
Translator – Emily & Fleur Jeremiah

White Hunger is a novella set in 1867: a year of devastating famine in Finland

White Hunger US
White Hunger UK

A Strangeness in My Mind

Author – Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)
Translator – Ekin Oklap

A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years.

A Strangeness in My Mind US
A Strangeness in My Mind UK

A Whole Life

Author – Robert Seethaler (Austria)
Translator – Charlotte Collins

As the title says, A Whole Life follows the story of one man, trials, tribulations, and why a simple life is not so bad.

A Whole Life US
A Whole Life UK

So there are all thirteen longlisted books, selected by a panel of five judges. We’ll bring you more news later in the year. Good luck to all the longlisted authors!

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