2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist – UPDATE

And the winner is…. A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman (Jessica Cohen, Translation)!  I was hoping for Fever Dream because of how amazing disturbing it was (it gets better each time I think back on it), but now I have to add the winner to my TBR.  Sadly, I was unable to read three of the shortlisted works before the winner was announced earlier today (I blame the waitlist for Compass at my local library), but I will try to read Compass and A Horse Walks into a Bar soon.

Have any of you read some of the titles on the shortlist or the winner?  Let me know what you thought!


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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:

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.


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