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10 authors - including one Irishman - to fight it out for €100,000 prize

This year is the 20th anniversary of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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TEN NOVELS HAVE been shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The award is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English.

The list includes one Irish author, former winner Colum McCann, three novels in translation from Brazil, France and Morocco and novels from Australia, Nigeria, the UK and the USA.

The shortlisted titles are:

  1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigerian) Published by Fourth Estate and by Alfred A. Knopf.
  2. Horses of God by Mahi Binebine (Moroccan) Translated from French by Lulu Norman. Published by Tin House Books. 
  3. Harvest by Jim Crace (British) Published by Picador and by Alfred A. Knopf.
  4. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Australian) Published by Vintage Australia.
  5. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Australian) First Novel. Published by Little, Brown & Company and by Picador Australia.
  6. K by Bernardo Kucinski (Brazilian) Translated from Portuguese by Sue Branford. Published by Latin American Bureau.
  7. Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andreï Makine (French, Russian-born) Translated from French by Geoffrey Strachan. Published by MacLehose Press.
  8. TransAtlantic by Colum McCann (Irish) Published by Bloomsbury Publishing, Random House Inc. and HarperCollins Canada.
  9. Someone by Alice McDermott (American) Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  10. Sparta by Roxana Robinson (American) Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

The award was launched in 1995, making this year its 20th anniversary.

Patron of the Award, Lord Mayor Christy Burke said, “This is a list of high quality literature with three novels in translation which might not otherwise be brought to the attention of readers.”

A judging panel of five people will select one winner which will be announced by Lord Mayor Christy Burke on 17 June.

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