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The International 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 2016 winner was Akhil Sharma for Family Life. The judges were authors Meaghan Delahunt, Carlo Gébler, Ian Sansom and Juan Pablo Villalobos and translator Iglika Vassileva.

 

2016 Shortlist

Outlaws
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Javier Cercas; Anne McLean
 
In the late 1970s, as Spain was adrift between the death of Franco and the rebirth of democracy, people were moving from the poor south to the cities of the...
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Academy Street
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Mary Costello
 
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD
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Your Fathers, Where are They? and the...
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Dave Eggers
 
In a barracks on an abandoned military base, miles from the nearest road, Thomas watches as the man he has brought wakes up. Kev, a NASA astronaut, doesn't recognize his...
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The End of Days
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Jenny Erpenbeck; Susan Bernofsky
 
A story of the twentieth century told through the various lives of one woman: an intoxicating masterpiece of a novel that kneads Time and History like dough
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A Brief History of Seven Killings
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Marlon James
Set against the backdrop of 1970s reggae culture, disco, sex and excess comes this remarkable re-imagining of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley
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Our Lady of the Nile: A Novel
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Scholastique Mukasonga; Melanie...
 
Shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award and the 2015 FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Award. With masterful prose that is at once subtle and penetrating, Mukasonga captures a society...
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Dept. of Speculation
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Jenny Offill
 
The second novel from an LA Times First Fiction Prize finalist, Dept. of Speculation is an annihilating, electrifying account of marriage and motherhood, love and madness
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Lila
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Marilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in one of the most acclaimed novels of 2014
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Family Life
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Akhil Sharma
 
For eight-year-old Ajay Mishra and his older brother Birju, family life in Delhi in the late 1970s follows a comfortable, predictable routine: bathing on the roof, queuing for milk, playing...
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Previous winners

2015 Harvest by Jim Crace

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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