The 2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist was announced today. This award honors fiction in English translation, and these six books made the cut. One will be announced as the winner on June 14th:
- Compass by Mathias Enard
- A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman
- The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen
- Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors
- Judas by Amos Oz
- Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
I made it a goal last year to read at least 3 of the 2016 Man Book Prize shortlisted novels and ended up reading these amazing books:
- The Sellout by Paul Beatty (the Man Booker Prize winner). Rating: 5 stars. This satire was hilarious and insightful with razor sharp social commentary.
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. Rating: 4.5 stars. A sweeping tale that follows three students through the Cultural Revolution and its aftermath both in China and Canada.
- All That Man Is by David Szalay. Rating: 4 stars. This ambitious work is a collection of short stories that explores the lives of nine different men at different times in their lives.
I probably wouldn’t have read any of those without that challenge, and I am planning to do it with the international prize shortlist this year as well. The three I am leaning toward right now are Judas, Fever Dream, and The Unseen.
Has anyone read these or have any suggestions for which to read? Let me know in the comments!
Stay tuned for the reviews.