Newslink: The Man Booker International Prize 2021 Winner To Be Announced On 02 June – By ND NewsDesk
The shortlist for the International Booker Prize announcement came on April 22. There are six books in the running to win the title for 2021. The winner will be announced on 02 June 2021 virtually, from Coventry – UK City of Culture. The winning amount of 50,000 euros will go equally between the author and the translator.
This year the judges considered 125 books. The shortlisted books spans four languages: Danish, French, Spanish and Russian, and the settings spread across Europe, South America and even into outer space. Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld for their novel The Discomfort of Evening secured last years prize.
The shortlisted six books have been chosen for their subversion of genre and the power of independent thought or constructive imagination. The list is dominated by independent publishers. In the shortlist, two-thirds are new voices in the English-speaking world.
It is the first time in the history of the award, the shortlist includes works that combines both fiction and non-fiction elements. Despite the usual selection method of focusing on novels, we could find a book of short stories included and that seems to be a relatively rare phenomenon.
The judging panel included cultural historian and novelist, Lucy Hughes-Hallett (chair);and journalist and writer – Aida Edemariam; Man Booker shortlisted novelist, Neel Mukherjee; along with Professor of the History of Slavery – Olivette Otele; and finally – poet, translator and biographer, George Szirtes, according to booker authorities.
The 2021 International Booker Prize shortlist
|At Night All Blood is Black||David Diop||translated from French by Anna Moschovakis, Pushkin Press|
|The Dangers of Smoking in Bed||Mariana Enríquez||translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell, Granta Books|
|When We Cease to Understand the World||Benjamín Labatut||translated from Spanish by Adrian Nathan West, Pushkin Press|
|The Employees||Olga Ravn||translated from Danish by Martin Aitken, Lolli Editions|
|In Memory of Memory||Maria Stepanova||translated from Russian by Sasha Dugdale, Fitzcarraldo Editions|
|The War of the Poor||Éric Vuillard||translated from French by Mark Polizzotti, Pan Macmillan, Picador|
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Booker International Prize 2021 Winner To Be Announced On 02 June