‘Tis the season for sensational book awards, beloved patrons, and yesterday, the longlist for the Man Booker International Prize, which celebrates the best novels written in a language other than English, and the translations that makes them accessible to us as English readers. The £50,000 prize is split between the winning author and translator. This years’ list is a celebration of independent publishers, women’s voices, and diverse forms of story-telling, and we can’t wait to add these books to our reading lists!
This was a year when writers plundered the archive, personal and political. That drive is represented in our longlist, but so too are surreal Chinese train journeys, absurdist approaches to war and suicide, and the traumas of spirit and flesh. We’re thrilled to share 13 books which enrich our idea of what fiction can do.
The shortlist for this award will be announced April 9th and the winner will be announced May 21st. This will, incidentally, also be the last year that the prize is known under this title. Next year, the prize will be known as the International Booker Prize, as the sponsorship from the Man Group comes to an end and the prize’s new sponsor, Crankstart, begins. We’ll be bringing you all the highlights and announcements, as ever.
Just so you know, where these books are available, links have been provided to the NOBLE catalog. Otherwise, information on when the title may be available is provided. You can always check with your friendly public service staff for further information. And now, without further ado, here is the 2019 Man Booker International Prize Longlist!
Author (Original Language –Country/territory), translator, title
- Jokha Alharthi (Arabic / Omani), Marilyn Booth, Celestial Bodies This title is currently unavailable
- Can Xue (Chinese / Chinese), Annelise Finegan Wasmoen, Love In The New Millennium
- Annie Ernaux (French / French), Alison L. Strayer, The Years
- Hwang Sok-yong (Korean / Korean), Sora Kim-Russell, At Dusk This title will be released on July 16, 2019
- Mazen Maarouf (Arabic / Icelandic and Palestinian), Jonathan Wright, Jokes For The Gunmen
- Hubert Mingarelli (French / French), Sam Taylor, Four Soldiers Available via ComCat–please check with a public service staff member for details
- Marion Poschmann (German / German), Jen Calleja, The Pine Islands This title is currently unavailable–please check back later for updates.
- Samanta Schweblin (Spanish / Argentine and Italian), Megan McDowell, Mouthful Of Birds
- Sara Stridsberg (Swedish / Swedish), Deborah Bragan-Turner, The Faculty Of Dreams This title is currently unavailable–please check back later for updates.
- Olga Tokarczuk (Polish / Polish), Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead Available via ComCat–please check with a public service staff member for details
- Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Spanish / Colombian), Anne McLean, The Shape Of The Ruins
- Tommy Wieringa (Dutch / Dutch), Sam Garrett, The Death Of Murat Idrissi This title is currently unavailable–please check back later for updates.
- Alia Trabucco Zeran (Spanish / Chilean), Sophie Hughes, The Remainder This title will be released on August 6, 2019