The list includes one writer who was previously a finalist for the prize in 2007, Amos Oz.
He is one of two writers from Israel (the other is David Grossman) who have been
shortlisted, along with a writer from South America, Samanta Schweblin, and three
from Europe: two Scandinavians, Roy Jacobsen and Dorthe Nors and
a Prix Goncourt winner, Mathias Enard from France.
The settings range from an Israeli comedy club to contemporary Copenhagen,
from a sleepless night in Vienna to a troubled delirium in Argentina. The list is dominated
by contemporary settings but also features a divided Jerusalem of 1959 and a remote
island in Norway in the early 20thcentury.
The translators are all established practitioners of their craft: this is the 17th novel
by Oz that Nicholas de Lange has translated and Roy Jacobsen’s co-translators
Don Bartlett and Don Shaw have worked together many times before.
The shortlist includes three independent publishers, Pushkin, Oneworld and Fitzcarraldo.
Penguin Random House has two novels through the imprints Chatto & Windus
and Jonathan Cape, while Quercus’s imprint Maclehose has the final place on the list.
Nick Barley, chair of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, comments:
‘Our shortlist spans the epic and the everyday. From fevered dreams to sleepless nights, from remote islands to overwhelming cities, these wonderful novels shine a light on compelling individuals struggling to make sense of their place in a complex world.’
Luke Ellis, CEO of Man Group, comments:
‘Many congratulations to all the shortlisted authors and translators. We are very proud to sponsor the Man Booker International Prize as it continues to celebrate talent from all over the world. The prize plays a very important role in promoting literary excellence on a global scale, as well as underscoring Man Group’s charitable focus on literacy and education, and our commitment to creativity and excellence.’
The shortlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Nick Barley, Director of
the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and consisting of: Daniel Hahn, an award-winning
writer, editor and translator; Elif Shafak, a prize-winning novelist and one of the most widely
read writers in Turkey; Chika Unigwe, author of four novels including On Black Sisters’ Street;
and Helen Mort, a poet who has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize,
and has won a Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award five times.
The winner of the 2017 Prize will be announced on 14 June at a formal dinner at the
Victoria & Albert Museum in London, with the £50,000 prize being divided equally
between the author and the translator of the winning entry.
The Man Booker International Prize and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction together reward
the best books from around the globe that are published in the UK and are available
The prize is sponsored by Man Group, an active investment management firm that also
sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Both prizes strive to recognise and reward
the finest in contemporary literature.