2020 Worldwide Booker Prize Shortlist Introduced

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Honoring the best works of translated fiction from all over the world, the Worldwide Booker Prize has introduced its 2020 shortlist. This yr’s shortlist options titles translated from 5 languages: Spanish, German, Dutch, Farsi, and Japanese, with authors who hail from six international locations. The prize is awarded yearly to a single e book translated into English and revealed within the UK and Eire. It goals to encourage extra publishing and studying of worldwide fiction and to advertise the work of translators.

The £50,000 prize is break up between the successful writer and translator. Every shortlisted writer and translator will obtain £1,000, bringing the overall prize cash to £62,000. The winner can be introduced Might 20. That is the primary yr that the prize is called the Worldwide Booker Prize, after the Man Group’s sponsorship got here to an finish. The prize is now sponsored by Crankstart.

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Ted Hodgkinson, chair of the judges, wrote of the shortlist: “Every of our shortlisted books restlessly reinvents obtained narratives, from foundational myths to household folklore, plunging us into discomforting and elating encounters with selves in a state of transition. Whether or not capturing a deftly imagined dystopia or incandescent flows of language, these are great feats of translation, which in these isolating occasions, characterize the head of an art-form rooted in dialogue. Our shortlist transcends this unprecedented second, immersing us in expansively imagined lives that maintain enduring fascination.”

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The shortlist was chosen by a panel of 5 judges: Ted Hodgkinson, Head of Literature and Spoken Phrase at Southbank Centre; Lucie Campos, director of the Villa Gillet, France’s centre for worldwide writing; Man Booker Worldwide Prize–successful translator and author Jennifer Croft; L.A. Occasions E-book Prize for Fiction–successful writer Valeria Luiselli; and author, poet, and musician Jeet Thayil.

2020 Booker Worldwide Prize Shortlist

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar, translated by Nameless from Farsi (Europa Editions)

The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Waterproof coat from Spanish (Charco Press)

Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Ross Benjamin from German (Quercus)

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes from Spanish (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

The Reminiscence Police by Yōko Ogowa, translated by Stephen Snyder from Japanese (Harvill Secker)

The Discomfort of Night by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, translated by Michele Hutchison from Dutch (Faber & Faber)

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