Man Booker International Prize 2019 shortlist revealed

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On Tuesday 9 April, the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six titles in contention for the 2019 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

2019 shortlist

This year’s stories include the pilgrimage of a lecturer on beard fashions over the pine islands of Matsushima, a tale of Colombian conspiracy theories, and an environmental whodunnit with a cast of eccentric characters. Family connections and history are also present in the coming-of-age account of three Omani sisters, the story of three children of ex-militants overcoming Chile’s complex past, and an evocative narrative of France from 1941 to 2006 which blends the personal and the collective to present memories of a generation.

The list spans five languages: Arabic, French, German, Polish and Spanish.

You can download readers’ guides for each of the shortlisted books. Readers’ guides for the full longlist can be found on the Man Booker Prize website. The books can be borrowed from your local library, or you can buy books for you or your group from hive.co.uk to support The Reading Agency and local bookshops at no additional cost to you.

“Each book nourishes creative conversation.”

Bettany Hughes, chair of the judging panel:

“Wisdom in all its forms is here. Unexpected and unpredictable narratives compelled us to choose this vigorous shortlist. Subversive and intellectually ambitious with welcome flashes of wit, each book nourishes creative conversation. We were struck by the lucidity and supple strength of all the translations.”

The winner of the 2019 prize will be announced on Tuesday 21 May at a formal dinner at the Roundhouse in London.

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What do you think of the shortlisted titles? Which have you read and what will be added to your TBR pile? Add your comments below, or click any title above to leave a review.

Download fantastic Readers’ Guides for every one of the longlisted titles from the Man Booker Prize website.

Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MBI2019. Keep up with all the latest news on the Man Booker International Prize website.

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