Set up in 2005, the Man Booker International Prize this year considered over 120 books before settling on the so-called “Man Booker Dozen,” from which the shortlist was chosen. The winner will be announced on June 14 at the V&A in London.
The judges are the writers Daniel Hahn, Elif Şafak, Chika Unigwe, and Helen Mort, with the panel’s chair being Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, who made the following statement on behalf of the judges:
“Our shortlist spans the epic and the everyday. From fevered dreams to sleepless nights, from remote islands to overwhelming cities, these wonderful novels shine a light on compelling individuals struggling to make sense of their place in a complex world.”
The shortlist is perhaps most notable for including two Israeli novels, David Grossman’s A Horse Walks Into a Bar and Amos Oz’s Judas, as well as the publications of three independent publishers. The other countries represented are Argentina, Denmark, France and Norway. Here is the full shortlist:
. Compass, by Mathias Énard and translator Charlotte Mandell (France)
. A Horse Walks Into a Bar, by David Grossman and translator Jessica Cohen (Israel)
. The Unseen, by Roy Jacobsen and translators Don Bartlett and Don Shaw (Norway)
. Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, by Dorthe Nors and translator Misha Hoekstra (Denmark)
. Judas, by Amos Oz and translator Nicholas de Lange (Israel)
. Fever Dream, by Samanta Schweblin and translator Megan McDowell (Argentina)
Prior to announcing the winner, the Man Booker International Prize will host a number of public events featuring some of the authors, judges, and translators nominated. More info can be found here.