Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Impac Prize and Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction shortlists announced

This is going to be yet another shortlist day, but not quite like yesterday. You see, for the first time in years, the Impac Prize shortlist is wholly comprised by books written in English, seemingly forgetting all about the "literature in translation" theme. Apart from that, three of the nominated writers are Irish (I really love these guys, but...). It looks clear to me that, in the eyes of the judges, books not written in the imperious Anglo-Saxon world are not as good or as important as those written within its boundaries. Never mind the fact that the above will probably never provide the world with any writer as good as Roberto Bolaño or Javier Marias or... or... or...
Anyway, here's the shortlist for the Impac Prize:

Galore by Michael Crummey
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
Ransom by David Malouf
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín (photo above)
Love and Summer by William Trevor
After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction shortlist has also been announced. The five shortlisted novels are:

Serious Men by Manu Joseph
Comfort and Joy by India Knight
The Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith
The News Where You Are by Catherine O' Flynn
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

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