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‘Compass’ by Mathias Enard has made this year’s shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. — AFP pic‘Compass’ by Mathias Enard has made this year’s shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. — AFP picLONDON, March 16 — The Man Booker International Prize revealed yesterday the “Man Booker Dozen”, the shortlist of 13 novels all nominated for this year’s award.

Created to celebrate the finest works of translated fiction from around the world, the prize is awarded every year for a single novel or short story which is translated into English and published in the UK.

After considering 126 books, the judging panel decided on 13 longlisted books that have been translated from 11 different languages, across Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. Included on this year’s list is the winner of the first ever Man Booker International Prize in 2005, Ismail Kadare, along with three authors who have been finalists for the prize and two who have novels published in English for the first time.

The £50,000 (RM272,276) prize is divided between the author and the translator of the winning entry.

The shortlist of six books will be announced on April 20 and the winner of the 2017 prize will be announced on June 14 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. 

The full 2017 longlist is as follows:

Mathias Enard (France): Compass

Wioletta Greg (Poland): Swallowing Mercury

David Grossman (Israel): A Horse Walks Into a Bar

Stefan Hertmans (Belgium): War and Turpentine

Roy Jacobsen (Norway): The Unseen

Ismail Kadare (Albania): The Traitor’s Niche

Jon Kalman Stefansson (Iceland): Fish Have No Feet

Yan Lianke (China): The Explosion Chronicles

Alain Mabanckou (France): Black Moses

Clemens Meyer (Germany): Bricks and Mortar

Dorthe Nors (Denmark): Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

Amos Oz (Israel): Judas

Samanta Schweblin (Argentina): Fever Dream — AFP-Relaxnews

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