The Man Booker International Prize shortlist 2017

Congratulations to the authors, translators and publishers shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.

Nick Barley, chair of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, says: ‘Our shortlist spans the epic and the everyday. From fevered dreams to sleepless nights, from remote islands to overwhelming cities, these wonderful novels shine a light on compelling individuals struggling to make sense of their place in a complex world.’

Here is the shortlist in full:

  • Compass by Mathias Énard (France), translated by Charlotte Mandell (US)
  • A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman (Israel), translated by Jessica Cohen (US)
  • The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Norway), translated by Don Bartlett (UK)
  • Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors (Denmark), translated by Misha Hoekstra (US)
  • Judas by Amos Oz (Israel), translated by Nicholas de Lange (UK)
  • Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), translated by Megan McDowell (US)

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The work of translators is equally rewarded, with the £50,000 prize divided between the author and the translator of the winning entry. In addition, each of the above shortlisted authors and translators receive £1,000 each.

The winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize will be announced on 14 June at a formal dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Find out more about the prize, and this year’s shortlisted titles, here.

Fever Dream

Fever Dream

Samantha Schwebelin, Megan McDowell

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Fever Dream

Fever Dream

Samantha Schwebelin, Megan McDowell

A deeply unsettling and disorientating debut novel about obsession, identity and motherhood

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Judas

Judas

Amos Oz, Nicholas de Lange

Shmuel, a young, idealistic student, is drawn to a mysterious handwritten note on a campus noticeboard. This takes him to a strange house, where an elderly invalid man requires a paid companion, to argue with and read to him. But...

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Mirror Shoulder Signal

Mirror Shoulder Signal

Dorthe Nors, Misha Hoekstra

Sonja's over forty, and she's trying to move in the right direction. She's learning to drive. She's joined a meditation group. And she's attempting to reconnect with her sister.But Sonja would rather eat cake than...

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The Unseen

The Unseen

Roy Jacobsen, Don Bartlett, Don Shaw

A group of children inherit an elemental paradise on earth in Roy Jacobsen's phenomenally bestselling new novel about love, poverty and tragedy in early twentieth century Norway

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A Horse Walks into a Bar

A Horse Walks into a Bar

David Grossman, Jessica Cohen

Dovaleh G, a veteran stand-up comic - charming, erratic, repellent - exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him.

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Compass

Compass

Mathias Énard, Charlotte Mandell

Winner of the 2015 Prix Goncourt, an astounding novel that bridges Europe and the Islamic world

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