The International DUBLIN Literary Award has announced the shortlisted novels for this year’s prize. Ten authors are vying for the €100,000 ($114,000) award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a work of fiction published in English. Novels in translation are eligible for the prize, which is sponsored by Dublin City Council. More than 150 novels were nominated by public libraries around the world. Shortlisted writers included Dave Eggers, Marilynne Robinson, and last year’s Booker winner Marlon James.
“The 2016 winner will be chosen from this intriguing international shortlist which includes five women writers,” commented Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes. “The novels come from Brazil, Germany, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Rwanda/France, Spain and the USA. While many of the stories reflect contemporary themes, they bring us characters facing timeless challenges of love and loss, of innocence and isolation.” The winner will be announced on June 9th.
- Outlaws by Javier Cercas (Spanish) Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
- Academy Street by Mary Costello (Irish) First Novel
- Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers (American)
- The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (German) Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky
- A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaican)
- Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub (Brazilian) Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
- Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwandan) First Novel. Translated from French by Melanie Mauthner
- Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (American)
- Lila by Marilynne Robinson (American)
- Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Indian-American)