The Man Booker International Prize is delighted to reveal the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 books in contention for the 2016 Prize, celebrating the finest in global fiction. José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola) and Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo) are the African Writers on the longlist.
This is the first longlist ever to have been announced for the Man Booker International Prize, which has joined forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and is now awarded annually on the basis of a single book. The £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator. The judges considered 155 books.
The full 2016 longlist is as follows:
Author (nationality) Translator Title (imprint)
José Eduardo Agualusa Daniel Hahn A General Theory of Oblivion
Elena Ferrante Ann Goldstein The Story of the Lost Child
Maylis de Kerangal Jessica Moore Mend the Living
Eka Kurniawan Labodalih Sembiring Man Tiger
(Indonesia) (Verso Books)
(China) (Chatto & Windus)
Fiston Mwanza Mujila Roland Glasser Tram 83
(Democratic Republic (Jacaranda)
Raduan Nassar Stefan Tobler A Cup of Rage
Marie NDiaye Jordan Stump Ladivine
Kenzaburō Ōe Deborah Boliner Boem Death by Water
Orhan Pamuk Ekin Oklap A Strangeness in My Mind
Robert Seethaler Charlotte Collins A Whole Life
The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Boyd Tonkin, senior writer on The Independent, and consisting of: anthropologist and novelist Tahmima Anam; academic David Bellos, Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University; editor and academic Daniel Medin, who holds a comparative literature professorship at the American University of Paris (AUP); and prize-winning British poet and author Ruth Padel.
Here’s what Boyd Tonkin, chair of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, had to say about the longlist:
The judges will announce a shortlist of six books on 14 April with each author and translator receiving £1,000. The winner of the 2016 Prize will be announced on 16 May at a formal dinner at the V & A, with the £50,000 prize being divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. The prize is sponsored by Man Group, one of the world’s largest independent alternative investment managers, which also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Both prizes strive to recognise and reward the finest in contemporary literature.
You can read more about the 2016 longlist here.