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Man Booker International Prize

Run in tandem with with the Man Booker Prize (for English-language novels), the Man Booker International Prize was created in its current form by the merging of the original Man Booker International Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

The original Man Booker International was awarded every two years to a writer of fiction for their body of work as a whole. Ismail Kadare was the first winner in 2005. The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was set up in 1990 by the Independent newspaper. The Prize was put in abeyance between 1996 and 2001, but financial support from the Arts Council saw it revived in 2002.

The prize fund of £50,000 is split equally between author and translator. Unlike the English-language Man Booker Prize, short story collections are eligible, as well as full-length works of fiction.

The 2015 and final winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was Jenny Erpenbeck for The End of Days. The judges were journalist Rosie Goldsmith, translator Antonia Lloyd Jones, lecturer Dr Richard Mansell, author Helen Oyeyemi and Independent journalist Boyd Tonkin.

The 2016 winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize was South Korean writer Han Kang for her novel The Vegetarian, translated by Deborah Smith. Watch our video interview with Han and Deborah here.

The 2017 longlist was announced 15th March. It was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and consisting of: Daniel Hahn, award-winning writer, editor and translator; Elif Shafak, prize-winning novelist and one of the most widely read writers in Turkey; Chika Unigwe, author of four novels including On Black Sisters’ Street; and Helen Mort, a poet who has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize, and has won a Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award five times.

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

 

2017 Shortlist

The Unseen
(Hardback)
Roy Jacobsen; Don Bartlett; Don Shaw
 
A group of children inherit an elemental paradise on earth in Roy Jacobsen's phenomenally bestselling new novel about love, poverty and tragedy in early twentieth century Norway
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Judas
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Amos Oz; Nicholas Lange
 
Shmuel, a young, idealistic student, is drawn to a mysterious handwritten note on a campus noticeboard. This takes him to a strange house, where an elderly invalid man requires a...
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A Horse Walks into a Bar
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David Grossman; Jessica Cohen
 
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Mirror Shoulder Signal
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Dorthe Nors; Misha Hoekstra
 
'Dorthe Nors is fantastic!' Junot Diaz 'Nors' writing is by turns witty, gut wrenching, stark and lyrical.' Los Angeles Times Sonja's over forty, and she's trying to...
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Compass
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Mathias Enard; Charlotte Mandell
 
As night falls over Vienna, Franz Ritter, an insomniac musicologist, takes to his sickbed with an unspecified illness and spends a restless night drifting between dreams and memories, revisiting the...
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Fever Dream
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Samanta Schwebelin; Megan McDowell
 
A deeply unsettling and disorientating debut novel about obsession, identity and motherhood
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2017 Longlist

War and Turpentine
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Stefan Hertmans; David McKay
 
Shows a loving reconstruction of a man's interior life, at once deeply personal and more. In this book, the author reveals how our experiences shape us all, and how, even...
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The Unseen
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Roy Jacobsen; Don Bartlett; Don Shaw
 
A group of children inherit an elemental paradise on earth in Roy Jacobsen's phenomenally bestselling new novel about love, poverty and tragedy in early twentieth century Norway
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Fish Have No Feet
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Jon Kalman Stefansson; Philip Roughton
 
A poetic, elemental yet modern Icelandic family saga spanning the whole of Iceland's 20th-century history, by the country's most distinguished and distinctive contemporary writer
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Judas
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Amos Oz; Nicholas Lange
 
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Bricks and Mortar
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Clemens Meyer; Katy Derbyshire
 
BRICKS AND MORTAR is a novel about the sex trade in a big city in the former GDR, from just before 1989 to the present day, charting the development of...
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A Horse Walks into a Bar
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David Grossman; Jessica Cohen
 
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Swallowing Mercury
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Wioletta Greg; Eliza Marciniak
 
Wiola lives in a close-knit agricultural community. Wiola has a black cat called Blackie. Wiola's father was a deserter but now he is a taxidermist. Wiola's mother...
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The Traitor's Niche
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Ismail Kadare; John Hodgson
 
At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone. Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries...
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Mirror Shoulder Signal
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Dorthe Nors; Misha Hoekstra
 
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The Explosion Chronicles
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Yan Lianke
 
With the Yi River on one side and the Balou Mountains on the other, the village of Explosion was founded a thousand years ago by refugees. But in the post-Mao...
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Compass
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Mathias Enard; Charlotte Mandell
 
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Black Moses
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Alain Mabanckou; Helen Stevenson
 
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2017 It's 1970, and in the People's Republic of Congo a Marxist-Leninist revolution is ushering in a new age. But...
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Fever Dream
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Samanta Schwebelin; Megan McDowell
 
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Winner of the new annual Man Booker International Prize

2016 Han Kang

 

Winners of the original Man Booker International Prize

2005 Ismail Kadare

2007 Chinua Achebe

2009 Alice Munro

2011 Philip Roth

2013 Lydia Davis

 

Winners of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

2014 The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim, trans. Jonathan Wright (Arabic)

  • Special mention for The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke, trans. by Jamie Bulloch (German)

2013 The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker, trans. David Colmer (Dutch)

2012 Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld, trans. Jeffrey Green (Hebrew)

2011 Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo, trans. Edith Grossman (Spanish)

2010 Brodeck's Report by Philippe Claudel; trans. John Cullen (French)

2009 The Armies by Evelio Rosero; trans. Anne McLean (Spanish)

2008 Omega Minor by Paul Verhaegen; trans. by the author (Dutch)

2007 The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa: trans. Daniel Hahn (Portuguese)

2006 Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson; trans. Anne Born (Norwegian)

2005 Windows on the World by Frédéric Beigbeder; trans. Frank Wynne (French)

2004 Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas; trans. Anne McLean (Spanish)

2003 The Visit of the Royal Physician by Per Olov Enquist; trans. Tiina Nunnally (Swedish)

2002 Austerlitz by W G Sebald; trans. Anthea Bell (German)

1996-2001 No award

1995 The Film Explainer by Gert Hoffman; trans. Michael Hofman (German)

1994 The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh; trans. Phanh Thanh Hao (Vietnamese)

1993 The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by José Saramago; trans. Giovanni Pontiero (Portuguese)

1992 The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys; trans. Patricia Clancy (French)

1991 Immortality by Milan Kundera; trans. Peter Kussi (Czech)

1990 The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk; trans. Victoria Holbrook (Turkish)

 

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