The shortlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced :
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Ravel by Jean Echenoz
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Archivist’s Story by Travis Holland
The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen
The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
Animal’s People by Indra Sinha
Man Gone Down by Micheal Thomas
The Award is presented annually with the objective of promoting excellence in world literature. It is open to novels written in any language and by authors of any nationality, provided the work has been published in English or English translation. This year just two of the novels are works in translation - Roy Jacobsen's novel is from the original Norwegian, and Jean Echenoz writes in French.
The overall winner will be announced on June 11th.