Two Irish authors have been shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018 worth €100,000.
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride and Solar Bones by Mike McCormack are among eight additional novels created by writers from across the world to be shortlisted.
Six out of the ten novels are in translation from France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Mexico and South Korea with novels from South Africa and the USA also.
If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000.
The shortlisted titles are:
- Baba Dunja’s Last Love by Alina Bronsky (Ukrainian/German) translated from German by Tim Mohr. Published by Europa Editions.
- The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera (Mexican) translated from Spanish by Lisa Dillman. Published by And Other Stories.
- The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Norwegian) translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett & Don Shaw. Published by MacLehose Press.
- Human Acts by Han Kang (South Korean) translated from Korean by Deborah Smith. Published by Portobello Books and Random House, USA.
- The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (Irish) published by Faber & Faber.
- Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Irish) published by Tramp Press.
- Distant Light by Antonio Moresco (Italian) translated from Italian by Richard Dixon. Published by Archipelago Books.
- Ladivine by Marie Ndiaye (French) translated from French by Jordan Stump. Published by MacLehose Press.
- The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (South African/Nigerian/Barbadian) published by Chatto & Windus.
- My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (American) published by Penguin, UK.
Now in its 23rd year, the International Dublin Literary Award was launched on April 7th, 1995 and is managed by Dublin City Libraries with funding provided by Dublin City Council.
Margaret Hayes of Dublin City Library said:
“Issues of violence and crime, isolation and reconciliation, identity and family are set in contrasting urban and rural landscapes. For readers, these stories reveal unfamiliar cultures and countries through memorable characters and their literary narratives.”
The five member international judging panel, chaired by Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan, will select one winner which will be announced by Lord Mayor, Ardmhéara, Mícheál Mac Donncha, on Wednesday June 13th.