Thursday, March 19, 2009

14 of the Best

The longlist for the Man Booker International prize, awarded every two years to a writer for their contribution to fiction on the world stage, has been announced. The contenders this time round are :
Peter Carey (Australia)

Evan S Connell (USA)

Mahasweta Devi (India)

EL Doctorow (USA)

James Kelman (UK)

Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)

ArnoŇ°t Lustig (Czech Republic)

Alice Munro (Canada)

VS Naipaul (Trinidad/India)

Joyce Carol Oates (USA)

Antonio Tabucchi (Italy)

Ngugi Wa Thiong'O (Kenya)

Dubravka Ugresic (Croatia)

Ludmila Ulitskaya (Russia)
Says Chair of Judges Jane Smiley, she and co-judges Amit Chaudhuri and Andrey Kurkov :
... all read books by authors we had never heard of before and they have turned out to be some of the best books we’ve ever read. ... It makes me wonder who else is out there untranslated into English.
Who's your money on this time?


lil ms d said...

sharon you at home???

Kamal S said...

My money's on in, Joyce Carol Oates, not those sinful donuts. She has always been, and still is, the most prolific working author this age. I love her High Lonesome Collected Stories, a must for every book lover.

Sufian said...

Tabucchi is the new Kadare.

Arun Meethale Chirakkal said...

Mahasweta Devi is not from Bangaladesh. She's an Indian. She's from the state of West Bengal.

bibliobibuli said...

took the list from the guardian Arun. she is indeed indian tho' born in what is now dhaka. will amend the post.

The Siege Malvar said...

What, no Twilight? hehehe...