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Independent publishers vie for Man Booker International Prize

The Man Booker International Prize, which celebrates translated works of fiction across the world, announced its shortlist on April 12.

books Updated: Apr 13, 2018 15:06 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Man Booker International Prize,Man Booker International Prize shortlist,Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes
Six authors and their translators are competing for the £50,000 (approx Rs 46 lakh) prize.(Man Booker International Prize Twitter)

Independent publishers dominated the shortlist for Britain’s Man Booker International Prize, announced on April 12, which celebrates translated works of fiction spanning the globe.

Six authors and their translators are competing for the £50,000 (approx Rs 46 lakh) prize, with works translated from four European languages, plus South Korean and an Arabic work by an Iraqi author.

The 2018 Man Booker International Shortlist:

* Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes (France)

* The White Book by Han Kang (South Korea)

* The World Goes On by Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Hungary)

* Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Munoz Molina (Spain)

* Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq)

* Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (Poland)

Chair of the prize’s judging panel, Lisa Appignanesi, said the shortlist promised “sparkling encounters with prose in translation”.

“We have mesmeric meditations, raucous, sexy, state-of-the-nation stories, haunting sparseness and sprawling tales; enigmatic cabinets of curiosity, and daring acts of imaginative projection,” she said in a statement.

Despite the diversity of authors and their tales – ranging from the Parisian music scene to a meditation on colour – the books all hail from independent publishers. Tuskar Rock Press is behind The World Goes On, a collection of stories by Hungarian author Laszlo Krasznahorkai who won the 2015 prize.

Spanish writer Antonio Munoz Molina’s Like a Fading Shadow, about the assassin of Martin Luther King Jr, is also published by Tuskar Rock. Other independents behind the finalists are Fitzcarraldo Editions, MacLehose Press, Oneworld, and Portobello Books.

The winner will be announced on May 22 at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, with the prize money shared between the author and translator.

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First Published: Apr 13, 2018 11:28 IST