Kevin Barry shortlisted for €100k Impac Award

An Irish author has been shortlisted for the world’s richest literary prize.

Kevin Barry’s first novel City of Bohane is among 10 finalists for the Impac award in which nominees for the €100,000 pot are selected by libraries worldwide. The list includes five novels in translation from Japan, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, and France and work by previous winners Andrew Miller and Michel Houellebecq.

The shortlist was announced by Dublin’s Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muiri.

“This is a list of high quality literature that includes five novels in translation which readers might not otherwise get the opportunity to read,” he said.

“And I am delighted to see an Irish author, Kevin Barry, on the list. This is a real tribute from the judges to the quality of Irish contemporary writing.”

The shortlisted titles are Barry’s City of Bohane; The Map and the Territory by 2002 winner Michel Houellebecq; Pure by 1999 Impac author Andrew Miller; 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami; The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka; The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips; Swamplandia! by Karen Russell; From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjon; The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am by Kjersti Skomsvold; and Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa.

The five-member international judging panel will select the winner to be announced on Jun 6.

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