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The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Impac 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.

Visit the official prize website

 

2014 shortlist

The Detour
The Detour (Paperback)
Gerbrand Bakker; David Colmer
 
A Dutch woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales. She says her name is Emilie. She has left her husband, having confessed to an affair. In Amsterdam, her stunned...
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Questions of Travel
Michelle de Kretser
 
A novel of dazzling virtuosity and luminous intelligence that explores our urge to leave home, by a writer previously longlisted for both the Man Booker and Orange prizes whose prose...
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Absolution
Absolution (Paperback)
Patrick Flanery
 
Patrick Flanery is an exceptionally gifted novelist, and he is just getting started' Philip Gourevitch, New Yorker Following the critical acclaim for this muscular debut novel, Flanery has confirmed...
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A Death in the Family
Karl Ove Knausgaard; Don Bartlett
 
First of the six books in the My Struggle cycle, this title is about the author's childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving...
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Three Strong Women
Three Strong Women (Paperback)
Marie NDiaye; John Fletcher
 
Three women face a journey that will change their lives forever. From Man Booker International Prize finalist, Marie NDiaye.
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Traveller of the Century
Andres Neuman; Nick Caistor; Lorenza...
 
The new paperback edition of a rarity: a brilliant novel of ideas that is also irresistible and very, very racy. An engrossing, hugely satisfying and entertaining read, by a young...
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The Light of Amsterdam
David Park
 
The extraordinary new novel from David Park
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The Spinning Heart
The Spinning Heart (Paperback)
Donal Ryan
 
In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. This book...
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The Garden of Evening Mists
Tan Twan Eng
 
In the highlands of Malaya, a woman sets out to build a memorial to her sister, killed at the hands of the Japanese during the brutal Occupation of their country...
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The Sound of Things Falling
Juan Gabriel Vasquez
 
Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014 Winner of the Alfaguara Prize 2011 Winner of the Gregor von Rezzori Prize 2013 No sooner does he get to...
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Previous winners

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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