The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, launched by Dublin City Council in 1996, is the world's richest literary award for a single title, with a prize of €100,000, and is open to fiction published both in English and in other languages and translated into English. In the event of a win by a book in translation, the prize is split 75:25 in the author's favour.
Nominations are made by libraries around the world from books first published in English in the calendar year two years before the year of the award. The longlist, which features all nominated titles, usually consists of well over 100 books and is announced in the November of the year before the award. A panel of figures from the book world selects a shortlist of six to ten titles in April and then a winner in June.
Given the huge number of books that meet the selection criteria, it is not surprising that the range of winners has been extremely diverse, with many being books that had received relatively little attention on publication. Few winners have won other major awards, although Edward Jones' The Known World had previously won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the prestigious American prize, the National Book Critics' Circle Award, and Per Petterson's Out Stealing Horses also won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Additionally, both Herta Müller and Orhan Pamuk have gone on to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The prize has certainly given a huge boost to the international profile of most of its winners. Since nominations are made by the library sector, winning books tend not to be controversial in their subject matter, with the notable exception of Michel Houellebecq's Atomised, whose graphic sexual descriptions divided critics and readers. There has also been some criticism in the past for the dominance of European and North American authors, with the Moroccan Tahar Ben Jelloun the only winner to defy this bias so far.
The 2014 winner, announced on 12th June, was The Sound of Things Falling by Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated by Anne Mclean. The judges were authors Tash Aw, Giles Foden and Catherine Dunne and journalist Maya Jaggi.
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2013 City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
2012 Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor
2011 Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
2010 The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
2009 Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas
2008 De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage
2007 Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson; translated by Anne Born (from Norwegian)
2006 The Master by Colm Tóibín
2005 The Known World by Edward Jones
2004 This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun; translated by Linda Coverdale (from French)
2003 My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk; translated by Erdag Göknar (from Turkish)
2002 Atomised by Michel Houellebecq; translated by Frank Wynne (from French)
2001 No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
2000 Wide Open by Nicola Barker
1999 Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller
1998 The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller; translated by Michael Hofmann (from German)
1997 A Heart So White by Javier Marías; translated by Margaret Jull Costa (from Spanish)
1996 Remembering Babylon by David Malouf