The Man Booker International Prize 2019 Longlist Announced

Early Wednesday morning, the much-anticipated longlist for this year’s Man Booker International Prize, which celebrates the best literature in translation, was announced. The Booker Prize Foundation will reveal the shortlist on April 19, and the winner on May 21. Featuring entries that hail from dual origin countries, this year’s longlist aptly reflects the universal appeal of literature in translation. The longlist also includes a previous winner, renowned Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, who won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for Flights. Congrats to all the authors and translators! Here is the complete list of titles, linked Booklist reviews when available.

At Dusk, by Hwang Sok-yong and translated by Sora Kim-Russell (South Korea)

Celestial Bodies, by Jokha Alharthi and translated by Marilyn Booth (Oman)

The Death of Murat Idrissi, by Tommy Wieringa and translated by Sam Garrett (Netherlands)

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk and translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Poland)

The Faculty of Dreams, by Sara Stridsberg and translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner (Sweden)

Four Soldiers, by Hubert Mingarelli and translated by Sam Taylor (France)

Jokes for the Gunmen, by Mazen Maarouf and translated by Jonathan Wright (Iceland and Palestine)

Love in the New Millennium, by Can Xue and translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen (China)

Mouthful of Birds, by Samanta Schweblin and translated by Megan McDowell (Argentina and Italy)

The Pine Islands, by Marion Poschmann and translated by Jen Calleja (Germany)

The Remainder, by Alia Trabucco Zerán and translated by Sophie Hughes (Chile and Italy)

The Shape of the Ruins, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez and translated by Anne McLean (Colombia)

The Years, by Annie Ernaux and translated by Alison L. Strayer (France)




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Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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