Nobel prizewinner Orhan Pamuk and international (and mysterious) publishing sensation Elena Ferrante are among the six authors in this year’s Man Booker International Prize 2016 shortlist, a selection which, judges said, “Stretch the boundaries not just of our world, but of fiction itself”. For the first time the Prize will be awarded for a single book rather than the previous system which rewarded a body of work. The full shortlist is:
- A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker), José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola), translated by Daniel Hahn (UK)
- The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions), Elena Ferrante (Italy), Ann Goldstein (USA)
- The Vegetarian (Portobello Books), Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith (UK)
- A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber), Orhan Pamuk (Turkey), Ekin Oklap (Turkey)
- A Whole Life (Picador), Robert Seethaler (Austria), Charlotte Collins (UK)
- The Four Books (Chatto & Windus), Yan Lianke (China), Carlos Rojas (USA).
Each shortlisted author and translator receives £1000 and the winner receives £50,000 to be divided equally between author and translator. The winner will be announced on May 16. Agualusa, Ferrante and Yan are also on the long list for the Best Translated Book Award the winner of which will be announced on May 4.