Eggers and Laub on €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award shortlist

Authors Dave Eggers (Hamish Hamilton) and Michel Laub (Harvill Secker) are up against Booker winner Marlon James and Folio Prize-winner Akhil Sharma for the €100,000 2016 International Dublin Literary Award.

Your Fathers, Where Are They? is Dave Eggers’ brilliantly executed story of one man struggling to make sense of the world whilst Michel Laub’s beautiful and brave novel Diary of the Fall asks the most basic – and yet most complex – questions about history and identity, exploring what stories we choose to tell about ourselves and how we become the people we are.

The full shortlist is:

Outlaws by Javier Cercas, translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean (Bloomsbury);
Academy Street by Mary Costello (Canongatee)
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers (Hamish Hamilton)
The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky (Portobello)
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Portobello)
Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub, translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa (Vintage)
Our Lady of the Nile by Rwandan writer Scholastique Mukasonga, translated from French by Melanie Mauthner (Archipelago Books)
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Granta)
Lila by Marilynne Robinson (Virago)
Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Faber).

The award, the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English, is now sponsored by Dublin City Council, after the money from the original trust fund established for the prize ran out.

The books on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

The prize is managed by Dublin City Libraries. Librarian Margaret Hayes commented: “While many of the stories reflect contemporary themes, they bring us characters facing timeless challenges of love and loss, of innocence and isolation. These engaging stories are set against contrasting landscapes which include Brazil, India, and Rwanda.”

The winner will be announced on 9th June.


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