Eight international novels were shortlisted for the Impac Dublin Literary Award today.
Four American authors, two European writers, and books from as far as India and Pakistan were chosen from a total of 146 novels worldwide.
The award – which is worth €100,000 – is the world’s most valuable literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.
It promotes excellence in world literature and 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.
The short-listed titles are:
:: The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Dominican/American);
:: Ravel by Jean Echenoz (French) in translation;
:: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistani/British);
:: The Archivist’s Story by Travis Holland (American);
:: The Burnt-Out Town Of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen (Norwegian) in translation;
:: The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt (American);
:: Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (Indian/British);
:: Man Gone Down by Micheal Thomas (American).
The novels were nominated by 157 public library systems in 117 cities worldwide.
The winner will be selected by a five-member judging panel over the coming weeks and will be announced by the patron of the award, Dublin Lord Mayor Eibhlin Byrne, on Thursday June 11.