What s the Man Booker International?
The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK. It is a prize that transforms the winner’s career. The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man Group and the winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the six shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales.
The Man Booker International Prize was established in 2005, biannually rewarding an author for a body of work originally written in any language as long as it was widely available in English. From 2016, the prize became a translation prize, awarded annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the UK. Underlining the importance of translation, the £50,000 prize is divided equally between the author and the translator.
A number of one-off prizes have been created in the past, from the Lost Man Booker Prize to the Man Booker ‘Best of Beryl’, each aimed at spreading the word about the finest in fiction.
The 2018 Longlist
Title Author & Nationality Translator
The 7th Function of Language Laurent Binet (France) Sam Taylor
The Impostor Javier Cercas (Spain) Frank Wynne
Vernon Subutex 1 Virginie Despentes (France) Frank Wynne
Go, Went, Gone Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany) Susan Bernofsky
The White Book Han Kang (South Korea) Deborah Smith
Die, My Love Ariana Harwicz (Argentina) Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff
The World Goes On László Krasznahorkai (Hungary) J Batki, O Mulzet & G Szirtes
Like a Fading Shadow Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain) Camilo A. Ramirez
The Flying Mountain Christoph Ransmayr (Austria) Simon Pare
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq) Jonathan Wright
Flights Olga Tokarczuk (Poland) Jennifer Croft
The Stolen Bicycle Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan) Darryl Sterk
The Dinner Guest Gabriela Ybarra (Spain) Natasha Wimmer