IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Shortlist 2012 Announced

Jon Bauer makes the 2012 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlist for Rocks in the Belly.

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The shortlist for the 2012 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - one of the richest prizes for fiction - has been announced, with Australian author Jon Bauer named for his debut Rocks in the Belly.

The 10 shortlisted books were chosen from a longlist of 147 titles nominated by public libraries from across the globe. The prize is open to any novel published in or translated into English. Of the latter, two translated works, Limassol by Israel’s Yishai Sarid and The Eternal Son by Brazilian writer Cristovão Tezza have made the cut this year.

Bauer said that he was stoked to have made the shortlist: ‘To go forward from a longlist that is made up of books from around the world takes you beyond the arena of your own country. It puts you on a world-class level and that makes me nervous just saying it.’

The IMPAC has gone to several first-time novelists in the past, including Michael Thomas, Rawi Hage and Gerbrand Bakker in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The winner will receive a prize of €100 000 ($127 000), and is announced on June 13.

The full shortlist is:

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