Presenting the Man Booker International Prize Longlist 2017
The Man Booker International Prize has a reputation for bringing to light the most original works of fiction from around the world. Last year’s winner The Vegetarian, a disturbing and wildly inventive novel set in modern South Korea, introduced Han Kang to a worldwide audience. This year’s longlist promises testing competition, lining-up an array of talented and established writers with very different stories to tell.
The longlist includes Énard Mathias’s Compass, which won France’s coveted Priz Goncourt, Stefan Hertman’s fictionalised memoir War and Turpentine – described by The Guardian as a ‘future classic’, as well as a welcome return nomination for Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, the winner of the first Man Booker International Prize, for The Traitor’s Niche, his lavish portrait of an ancient world at the mercy of the Ottoman Empire. The novels range in scope, style and tone from Clemens Mayer’s portrait of the 1960’s sex trade in the former GDR, Bricks and Mortar, to Yan Lianke’s expansive portrait of post-Maoist rural China, The Explosion Chronicles. It is a collection that undoubtedly delivers the judges an unenviably difficult deliberation.