The longlist for the Man Book International Prize 2017 has been announced. Check out the exciting titles that made the longlist below.
The Man Booker international celebrates the finest international tomes of the past year, it has recently been combined with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize to now become the annual Man Booker International Prize to celebrate translated fiction. For more information on the award, please visit the official Man Booker website here.
Man Booker International Prize Longlist 2017
Compass - Mathias Enard
As night falls over Vienna, Franz Ritter, an insomniac musicologist, takes to his sickbed with an unspecified illness and spends a restless night drifting between dreams and memories, revisiting the important chapters of his life: his ongoing fascination with the Middle East and his numerous travels to Istanbul, Aleppo, Damascus, and Tehran, as well as the various writers, artists, musicians,...
The Unseen - Roy Jacobsen
Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017 Nobody can leave an island.
An island is a cosmos in a nutshell, where the stars slumber in the grass beneath the snow.
But occasionally someone tries ...Ingrid Barroy is born on an island that bears her name - a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams. Her father dreams of building a quay that will...
Fish Have No Feet - Jon Kalman Stefansson
Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Keflavik: a town that may be the darkest place in Iceland, surrounded by black lava fields, hemmed in by a sea that may not be fished, and site of the U.S. military base, whose influence shaped Icelandic culture from the '50s to the dawning of the new millennium.
Ari - a writer and publisher - lands back in Keflavik from Copenhagen.
Black Moses - Alain Mabanckou
It's 1970, and in the People's Republic of Congo a Marxist-Leninist revolution is ushering in a new age.
But over at the orphanage on the outskirts of Pointe-Noire where young Moses has grown up, the revolution has only strengthened the reign of terror of Dieudonne Ngoulmoumako, the institution's corrupt director.
So Moses escapes to Pointe-Noire, where he finds a home with a larcenous band of...
Mirror Shoulder Signal - Dorthe Nors
'Dorthe Nors is fantastic!' Junot Diaz 'Nors' writing is by turns witty, gut wrenching, stark and lyrical.' Los Angeles Times 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 meditate. Her driving instructor won't let her change...
The Explosion Chronicles - Yan Lianke
With the Yi River on one side and the Balou Mountains on the other, the village of Explosion was founded a thousand years ago by refugees fleeing a volcanic eruption.
But in the post-Mao era, the name takes on a new significance as the rural community grows explosively from a small village to a town to a city to a vast megalopolis.
Behind this rapid expansion are three rival clans linked together...
Judas - Amos Oz
Amos Oz's first major novel in a decade - since A Tale of Love and Darkness, which sold over 100,000 copies.
It is selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Times Literary Supplement.
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...
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2017 A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic.
A boy named David sits beside her. She's not his mother. He's not her child. The two seem anxious and, at David's ever more insistent prompting, Amanda recounts a series of events from the apparently recent past.
As David pushes her to recall whatever trauma has landed her in her...
Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg
Wiola lives in a close-knit agricultural community.
Wiola has a black cat called Blackie. Wiola's father was a deserter but now he is a taxidermist.
Wiola's mother tells her that killing spiders brings on storms.
Wiola must never enter the seamstress's 'secret' room.
Wiola collects matchbox labels. Wiola is a good Catholic girl brought up with fables and nurtured on superstition.
Wiola lives in a...
The Traitor's Niche - Ismail Kadare
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE.
At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone.
Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries.
People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new...
War and Turpentine - Stefan Hertmans
This book is selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in The Times, Sunday Times and The Economist, and one of the 10 Best Books of 2016 in the New York Times.
Shortly before his death at the age of 90, Stefan Hertmans' grandfather Urbain gave his grandson a set of notebooks.
As Stefan began to read, he found himself drawn into a conversation across the centuries, as Urbain - so quiet and reserved in...
Bricks and Mortar - Clemens Meyer
BRICKS AND MORTAR is the story of the sex trade in a big city in the former GDR, from just before 1989 to the present day, charting the development of the industry from absolute prohibition to full legality in the twenty years following the reunification of Germany.
The focus is on the rise and fall of one man from football hooligan to large-scale landlord and service-provider for prostitutes to,...
A Horse Walks into a Bar - David Grossman
This is a Guardian and New Statesman Book of the Year.
The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town.
An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes.
They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so...