Ten authors from nine countries have been named as finalists for the Man Booker International Prize 2013. Read their potted histories here.
U R Ananthamurthy (India)
Born 1932 in Mysore, India; lives in Bangalore, India
Published in 1966, "Samskara" cemented Ananthamurthy's reputation. His latest novel, " Bharatipura," was shortlisted for the 2011 Hindu Literary Prize and the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Aharon Appelfeld (Israel)
Born 1932 in Sadhora, Romania (now Ukraine); lives in Jerusalem, Israel
Multi-linguist Appelfeld is known for his Hebrew novels, winning the National Jewish Book Award in 1989 for hist first, "Badenheim 1939," and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for "Blooms of Darkness" in 2012.
Lydia Davis (USA)
Born 1947 in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA; lives in New York, USA
A short story specialist, Whiting Award winner, and MacArthur Fellowship aluminus, Davis is also known for her work as a translator of French literature; her complete work to date is available as "The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis."
Intizar Husain (Pakistan)
Born 1923 in Uttar Pradesh, India; lives in Lahore, India
Written in Urdu, a number of Husain's short story collections and novels have been translated into English, including "The Seventh Door," "A Chronicle of Peacocks" and "Basti."
Yan Lianke (China)
Born 1958 in Henan Province, China; lives in Beijing, China
Lianke is known for controversial and provocative satire, as well as the Mao-baiting "Serve the People" and more recent "Dream of Ding Village," the latter of which appeared on the Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist in 2011.
Marie Ndiaye (France)
Born 1967 in Pithiviers, nr. Paris, France; lives in Berlin, Germany
Daughter of a French mother and Senegalese father, NDiaye was a teenage success with "Regarding the Rich Future," while "Rosie Carpe" won the Prix Femina and "Three Strong Women" the prestigious Prix Goncourt. At 45 years of age, she is also the youngest ever Man Booker International nominee.
Josip Novakovich (Canada)
Born 1956 in Yugoslavia (now Croatia); lives in Montreal, Canada
With a Guggenheim Fellowship and Whiting Award (for "Apricots From Chernobyl") to his name, Canadian writer Novakovich is known for reflecting upon Yugoslavia's violent history. He has family roots on both sides of the Atlantic and currently teaches at Montreal's Concordia University.
Marilynne Robinson (USA)
Born 1943 in Sandpoint, Idaho, USA; lives in Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Robinson comes to the 2013 Man International as the prize's established heavyweight, recognized for each of her three published novels: she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for "Gilead," the Orange Prize for "Home" and multiple awards for the earlier "Housekeeping."
Vladimir Sorokin (Russia)
Born 1955 in Moscow, Russia; lives in Moscow, Russia
Winner of the Russian Booker Prize in 2001 for "Collected Stories," and particularly well-known for "Ice," "Bro," and "23,000," which together comprise The Ice Trilogy. Sorokin's near-future "Days of the Oprichnik" has also been translated into English. Like Yan Lianke, some of Sorokin's work has also been banned in his home country.
Peter Stamm (Switzerland)
Born 1963 in Switzerland; lives in Winterthur, Switzerland
A well-traveled and well-studied ex-accountant, Stamm didn't start his writing career until 1990, but garnered him multiple Swiss and German literary prizes around the turn of the century; works from that period appear in English within "Unformed Landscape" and his collection "In Strange Gardens and Other Stories." He is the first Swiss writer to be nominated for the Man Booker International Prize.