Discover the Books on the 2018 Man Booker International Prize Shortlist
This is a very exciting year for the Man Booker Prize as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, with a number of celebrations and events this summer marking the occasion.
While the prize is heading into its 50th year, its younger sibling, the Man Booker International Prize, has been gaining momentum since it’s initiation. It was originally founded in 2005 and at that time awarded an author for their entire body of work. The prize was changed in 2016 to award a single work in translation, and the award comes with a prize of £50,000 split evenly between the author and translator. The prize has proved immensely popular, last year’s winner, A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman increased its sales within a week by 1367 per cent.
This year’s shortlist contains a wide variety of forms and styles, Lisa Appignanesi, chair of the prize's judging panel described the shortlist saying it is “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.”
The shortlist features mainly independent publishers including two books by Tuskar Rock Press, with other entries from Fitzcarraldo Editions, MacLehose Press, Oneworld and Portobello Books. The list also features two previous winners, Han Kang, along with translator Deborah Smith, won in 2016 for The Vegetarian, while László Krasznahorkai won in 2015, in the prize’s previous format. On this Appignanesi remarked “We talked at length about not allowing repeat performances like Krasznahorkai and Han. But there was a sense we had to consider the novels and find the best fiction instead. And The White Book is so different from The Vegetarian that we could be talking about a different writer.”
On the judging panel with Appignanesi are authors Hari Kunzru and Helen Oyeyemi, translator and writer Michael Hofmann, and journalist Tim Martin. From their shortlist, they will select the winning work, to be announced on May 22nd. In the meantime, you can explore the exciting and diverse shortlist below, and let us know your favourite to win in the comments section at the bottom of the page.