The International Booker Prize 2021 Winner

It is our great pleasure to confirm At Night All Blood is Black, written by David Diop and translated from French by Anna Moschovakis, as the winner of the 2021 International Booker Prize. Both author and translator share the award.

A bestseller in France and the winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, At Night All Blood is Black charts the story of a young Senegalese soldier fighting under the French flag in the First World War trenches, where the death of his childhood friend and brother-in-arms precipitates his descent into insanity. In haunting, hypnotic prose, Diop constructs a heart-breaking narrative of comradeship, loss and the madness of war.

 

'This story of warfare and love and madness has a terrifying power. […] We judges agreed that its incantatory prose and dark, brilliant vision had jangled our emotions and blown our minds. That it had cast a spell on us.'

Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Chair of Judges

The International Booker Prize Shortlist 2021

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The disturbing tale of two Senegalese friends and soldiers in the Great War and the urge to madness and revenge that subsumes one when the other is killed, Diop’s astonishing novel is both a tribute to friendship and a passionate condemnation of armed conflict.
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An arresting work of magic realism, Enriquez’s jet-black stories of witchcraft, obsession and madness in Buenos Aires combine to form a fever dream where women and girls constitute an unpredictable force of nature.
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Reimagining pivotal moments in the history of science with an emphasis on the moral and ethical dilemmas that dominated the twentieth century, Labatut’s searingly intelligent novel of ideas boasts a cast including Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schroedinger.
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A slice of highly atmospheric existential Danish science fiction, Ravn’s audaciously structured story of workplace disaffection in deep space poses intriguing questions about the nature of humanity.
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Deploying a multiplicity of narrative forms, from fiction to memoir to essay, Stepanova’s chronicle of her Russian-Jewish family’s turbulent course through the twentieth century is a tour de force of intellectual and philosophical curiosity.
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From the Prix Goncourt-winning author of The Order of the Day comes a pithy and myth-shattering tale of revolt against power and privilege during the Reformation in sixteenth-century Germany.
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