The longlist for the 2009 Impac Dublin Literary Award has been announced.
The world's richest literary prize is also its most truly international. Authors from 41 countries have been nominated and many of the novels are works in translation. The titles have also been selected by libraries around the globe. (You can find all 147 titles listed here, and read about each of them.)
Afghan/American writer, Khalid Hosseini is so far the libraries' favourite having received 18 nominations for A Thousand Splendid Suns. Divisadero by Sri Lankan / Canadian Michael Ondaatje was nominated by 13 libraries and Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach received 10 nominations.
Other books listed include The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize, The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize and Omega Minor by Paul Verhaeghen, winner of the 2008 Independent Foreign Fiction Award.