Amos Oz and David Grossman on The Man Booker International Prize shortlist


VINTAGE authors Amos Oz and David Grossman have been named on the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, along with their translators Nicholas de Lange and Jessica Cohen.

The prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world, sees each author receive £1,000 - with the £50,000 winners prize being divided equally between author and translator.

Amos Oz is nominated for Judas, his 17th novel and first for a decade, which sees an old man and a young man trying to make sense of the world in 1959 still-divided Jerusalem. It was translated by Nicholas de Lange, Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Cambridge and was published by Chatto & Windus.

David Grossman's A Horse Walks Into A Bar, published by Jonathan Cape, sees a stand-up comedian falling apart on stage in a small Israeli town, provoking both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. It was translated by David's long-term collaborator Jessica Cohen.

The complete shortlist is as follows:

  • Mathias Enard (France), Charlotte Mandell (US), Compass (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • David Grossman (Israel), Jessica Cohen (US), A Horse Walks Into a Bar (Jonathan Cape)
  • Roy Jacobsen (Norway), Don Bartlett (UK), Don Shaw (UK), The Unseen (Maclehose)
  • Dorthe Nors (Denmark), Misha Hoekstra (US), Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (Pushkin Press)
  • Amos Oz (Israel), Nicholas de Lange (UK), Judas (Chatto & Windus)
  • Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), Megan McDowell (US), Fever Dream (Oneworld)

The winner will be announced on 4 June at a formal dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The 2016 prize was won by The Vegetarian, by South Korean author Han Kang and translated by Deborah Smith, who was recently announced as a guest judge for the 2017 Harvill Secker Young Translators' Prize

Watch the video of the announcement below:

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