Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced, 6 Writer-Translator Duos Lay Claim to the Title

The Han Kang and Deborah Smith combination had won the renowned prize in 2016 for The Vegetarian while László Krasznahorkai had won the prize in its former iteration in 2015.

The Man Booker International Prize has announced the shortlist of books for the 2018 edition of the prestigious Man Booker Prize, an honor that celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from across the world. The winning prize money of £50,000 will be divided evenly between the winning author and the translator of the book.

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The 2018 shortlist includes some of the eminent authors from across the world. The list goes:

Author (country/territory)TranslatorTitleImprint
Virginie Despentes (France)Frank WynneVernon Subutex 1MacLehose Press
Han Kang (South Korea)Deborah SmithThe White BookPortobello Books
László Krasznahorkai (Hungary)John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George SzirtesThe World Goes OnTuskar Rock Press
Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain)Camilo A. RamirezLike a Fading ShadowTuskar Rock Press
Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq)Jonathan WrightFrankenstein in BaghdadOneworld
Olga Tokarczuk (Poland)Jennifer CroftFlightsFitzcarraldo Editions

The Han Kang and Deborah Smith combination had won the renowned prize in 2016 for The Vegetarian while László Krasznahorkai had won the prize in its former iteration in 2015.

This year, independent publishers dominate the list, with, one book each from Portobello Books, Oneworld, MacLehose Press and Fitzcarraldo Editions, and two books from Tuskar Rock Press.

Lisa Appignanesi, chair of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, states, “This is a shortlist emblematic of the many adventures of fiction – its making and reading. 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 – all this plus sparkling encounters with prose in translation. We were sorry to have shed so much of our longlist talent, but this is a shortlist to read and re-read.’

The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018 prize will be announced on 22 May, 2018 at a formal dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

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