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The Man Booker International Prize 2017

Han Kang

The Man Booker International Prize

From 2016 the Man Booker International Prize has evolved to encourage more publishing and reading of quality fiction in translation. From this date the prize is to be awarded annually on the basis of a single book.

The full 2017 shortlist is as follows:

Author (nationality), Translator, Title (imprint)

  • 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)

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Events 

2017 Key dates

  1. Longlist

    15.03.17
  2. Shortlist

    20.04.17
  3. Winner

    14.06.17

The 2017 Shortlist

The 2017 Longlist

The 2017 Judges

The judges for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize:

Chaired by Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the panel consists of: translator Daniel Hahn; award-winning poet Helen Mort; Turkish author and academic Elif Shafak and Nigerian-born writer Chika Unigwe.

The 2016 Winner

The Vegetarian

Translated by Deborah Smith

Published by Portobello Books

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, commits a shocking act of subversion. As her rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, Yeong-hye spirals further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming – impossibly, ecstatically – a tree. Fraught, disturbing, and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire, and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another. 

The 2016 Shortlist

The 2016 Longlist