The International Booker Prize 2024 Winner

It is our great pleasure to confirm Kairos, written by Jenny Erpenbeck and translated from the German by Michael Hofmann as the winner of the 2024 International Booker Prize. Both the author and the translator share the prize.

Following a destructive love affair between a married writer and a nineteen-year-old student in 1980s East Berlin, Kairos paints a striking and intimate portrait of a relationship shrouded in secrecy that doubles as a multilayered metaphor for a society headed for crisis. Subtle, thrilling and allusive, this powerful novel from the acclaimed author of Visitation is a soaring story of thrill and loss, the politics of desire, and the corrosive effects of living a lie.

 

‘‘What makes Kairos so unusual is that it is both beautiful and uncomfortable, personal and political. Erpenbeck invites you to make the connection between these generation-defining political developments and a devastating, even brutal love affair, questioning the nature of destiny and agency."

ELEANOR WACHTEL, CHAIR OF JUDGES

An Exclusive Q&A with Jenny Erpenbeck on Kairos

The winner of the International Booker Prize 2024 discusses her novel set in 1980s East Berlin.


The 2024 Shortlist

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Rippling with suppressed violence and foreboding, Almada's richly atmospheric novel of rural Argentina sends a trio of friends fishing to a spot where a past tragedy occurred.
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Through four nuanced and unique character portraits, Genberg's pithy and powerful novella combines arresting observations of everyday life with electrifying prose to meditate on the different kinds of love and pain that form us.
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A magical-realist epic from one of Korea's most notable contemporary authors, Mater 2-10 mines the tension and trauma of a divided nation through the lives of ordinary working-class Koreans, spanning an entire century.
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In this powerful slice of existential fiction set in 1980s Berlin, the author of Visitation paints a strikingly intimate, haunting portrait of an all-consuming love affair and a society headed for crisis.
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Both razor sharp and constantly surprising, Posthuma's story of a twin sister dealing with the aftermath of her brother's suicide is a tender, offbeat exploration of the most difficult of subjects.
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The searing debut from one of the most exciting new voices in Brazilian fiction, Crooked Plow mines the country's troubled history of political oppression through the vivid and unforgettable story of two siblings from the country's poorest Afro-Brazilian farming community.
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The 2024 Longlist

White Nights by Urszula Honuk is also nominated but unfortunately is currently unavailable from Waterstones.com and so is not listed below.

Not a River
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Selva Almada
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Simpatia
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Rodrigo Blanco Calderon
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Kairos
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Jenny Erpenbeck
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The Details
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Ia Genberg
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Mater 2-10
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Hwang Sok-yong
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A Dictator Calls
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Ismail Kadare
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The Silver Bone
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Andrey Kurkov
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What I’d Rather Not Think About
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Jente Posthuma
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Lost on Me
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Veronica Raimo
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The House on Via Gemito
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Domenico Starnone
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Crooked Plow
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Itamar Vieira Junior
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Undiscovered
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Gabriela Wiener
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