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 Winner 2016
The Vegetarian : A Novel - Han Kang
Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife.
The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares.
In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and...
The Man Booker International Prize 2016 Shortlisted titles
A General Theory of Oblivion - Jose Eduardo Agualusa
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL 2016. The brilliant new novel from the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
On the eve of Angolan independence, Ludo bricks herself into her apartment, where she will remain for the next thirty years.
She lives off vegetables and pigeons, burns her furniture and books to stay alive and keeps herself busy by writing her story on the walls of...
The Story of the Lost Child - Elena Ferrante
A Strangeness in My Mind - Orhan Pamuk
A Strangeness In My Mind is a novel Orhan Pamuk has worked on for six years.
It is the story of boza seller Mevlut, the woman to whom he wrote three years' worth of love letters, and their life in Istanbul.
In the four decades between 1969 and 2012, Mevlut works a number of different jobs on the streets of Istanbul, from selling yoghurt and cooked rice, to guarding a car park.
He observes many...
A Whole Life - Robert Seethaler
'Heart-rending and heart-warming ...for all its gentleness, a very powerful novel.' Jim Crace Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family.
He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the...
The Four Books - Yan Lianke
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2016. "One of China's greatest living authors and fiercest satirists". (Guardian). In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling labour camp, the Author, Musician, Scholar, Theologian and Technician - and hundreds just like them - are undergoing Re-education, to restore their revolutionary zeal and credentials.
In charge of this process is the...