13 ‘exhilarating’ books make it to Man Booker International prize longlist

Prime News, International (London), March 12:- In the run-up to assess the cream of current literary waves, the Man Booker International prize announced its ambitious longlist on Monday. Two previous winners compete once more in a list that is dominated by similar heavyweight writers for the 50,000 pounds award.

Korean novelist and 2016 winner of this very prize, Han Kang, is longlisted once more for “The White Book”. Competing in the race will also be “The World Goes On” by László Krasznahorkai, who is frequently tipped as a contender for the Nobel prize for literature. Krasznahorkai is also the winner of the Man Booker International in 2015.

The judging panel is chaired by author Lisa Appignanesi and together with poet Michael Hofmann, authors Hari Kunzru and Helen Oyeyemi, and journalist Tim Martin, she considered a total of 108 books. The long list of 13 books that will go ahead in the race is a rare display of fictional identities and themes.

“It’s a cornucopia of a list — greats people will recognise and some newcomers,” said Appignanesi. She said that judging the award was “exhilarating” for her.

“Every time you pick up a book you’re not only in a different geographical location but in a different form of cultural imagination with a whole different set of traditions to take on board and that in itself is exhilarating,” she said.

Two known figures from Spain — Javier Cercas and Antonio Muñoz Molina — have also made it to the longlist, alongside fellow Spanish writer Gabriela Ybarra for her debut, “The Dinner Guest”. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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