Eight novels, including Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie, shortlisted for one of the world's biggest literary prizes were announced by the organising committee in the Irish capital Dublin Wednesday.
The long list of titles contending for the €100,000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was released in November 2006 and contained 138 works, 28 of which were in translation.
The eight short-listed novels include works by British-Indian Salman Rushdie, South Africa's J M Coetzee who now lives in Australia, England's Julian Barnes and Cormac McCarthy of the US.
The shortlist includes: A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry, Arthur and George by Julian Barnes; Slow Man by J M Coetzee, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foes, The Short Day Dying by Peter Hobbs, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson and Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie.
Last year's winner was The Master by Colm Toibin, the first Irish writer to win the prize. Previous winners include Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk.
Libraries from around the world - 169 in total this year - submit the nominations for the annual prize, which is the largest for a single work of fiction.
Dublin City Public Libraries administer the award, which is an initiative by the city council and IMPAC, a US-based productivity-improvement firm. It has been awarded since 1996.
The winner is due to be announced on June 14 in Dublin.