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The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

 

TheIMPAC 2015 logo 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 2014 winner Colombia Juan Gabriel Vásquez from only the second exception after Moroccan Tahar Ben Jelloun.

The 2015 longlist, comprising 142 books, was announced on 24th November 2014: you can view it on the official prize website. The shortlist was announced on 15th April. The judges are critic and historian Valentine Cunningham, translator Daniel Hahn and authors Christine Dwyer Hickey, Kate Pullinger and Jordi Soler.

The 2015 winner, announced on 17th June, is Harvest by Jim Crace (which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013).

The judges commented, 'At times, Harvest reads like a long prose poem; it plays on the ear like a river of words. But then again, Jim Crace is a consummate wordsmith; his understanding of human nature is uncanny and he never drops a stitch from start to finish. All human life is here: its graces and disgraces and there is life too in every small stone, flower and blade of grass.'

 

2015 shortlist

Americanah
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Horses of God
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Mahi Binebine; Lulu Norman
 
A powerful re-imagining of the life and death of a young Moroccan suicide bomber, soon to be made into an internationally released film
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Bernardo Kucinski; Sue Branford
 
The novel is based on a true story – the disappearance of Kucinski's younger sister in 1973. As the author says, 'Everything in this book is invented but almost everything...
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Burial Rites
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Hannah Kent
'This compelling, ripped-from-real-life tale reminds me of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace' Karin Slaughter, best-selling author of Kisscut
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Harvest
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Jim Crace
 
Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize Harvest is a masterful novel from the Booker-shortlisted author Jim Crace, in which he draws once more on his genius with landscape and...
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The Narrow Road to the Deep North
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Richard Flanagan
 
In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier...
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Colum McCann
 
In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight ...
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Brief Loves That Live Forever
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Andrei Makine; Geoffrey Strachan
 
Did sex bring down the Iron Curtain? An orphan reflects on the unbreakable bond between love and freedom in the Soviet Union...
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Someone
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Alice McDermott
 
Longlisted for the National Book Award 2014 Someone begins on the stoop of a Brooklyn apartment building where Marie is waiting for her father to come home from work....
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Previous winners

 

2014 The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez; translated by Anne McLean (from Spanish)

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

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