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    Award International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

    In a world where books come and go at a seemingly increasing rate, so fast that by the time the Booker, Costas, and Orange have been won, attention turns to the next year’s hopefuls, praise be to the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. This is one award that feels more laidback, if only because the titles making its longlist, as regards publication, are quite a bit behind the crowd.

    Nominations to the longlist come from participating libraries worldwide, which gives the award a unique slant, since titles in other awards typically are nominated by their publishers. And what a longlist it was, coming in string with a phenomenal 137 titles. Who’d be a judge? But judges there are, and they’ve whittled down the list to a more manageable eight.

    The shortlist for 2008 is:
    • The Speed Of Light, Javier Cercas
    • The Sweet And Simple Kind, Yasmine Gooneraratne
    • De Niro’s Game, Rawi Hage
    • Dreams Of Speaking, Gail Jones
    • Let It Be Morning, Sayed Kashua
    • The Attack, Yasmina Khadra
    • The Woman Who Waited, Andre? Makine
    • Winterwood, Patrick McCabe
    Of the titles, half are in translation, which is something else that makes the IMPAC Dublin an interesting award. But while it offers up a number of titles that may have been missed first time round, there’s still the sense that in the fast moving world of publishing, the titles, no matter how timeless they may come to be, are a little dated. Whoever wins won’t care, though, as the prize is €100,000 (split 75%/25% to author/translator in instances of translated works).

    The winner will be announced on 12th June, 2008.

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    Winner: De Niro?s Game, Rawi Hage

    See:

    http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/bre...breaking12.htm

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    Apart from this and the Goonerararatne, I'd heard of all the rest. But Amazon, or whoever loads the pictures up, is quick off the mark, since it was only announced today, yet the book is ready to go, complete with winner status:


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    Novelist Zoe Heller has made the shortlist of the Impac literary award, the world's most lucrative prize worth 100,000 Euros (?87,600).
    BBC News - Zoe Heller on shortlist for lucrative literary prize

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    It's not the most lucrative literary prize. There is the Premio Planeta in Spain that is 601.000 ? to the winner and 125.000 ? to the finalist. And of course there is the Nobel Prize.

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    Why is the focus solely on Zoe Heller? What about the other short-listees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel del Real View Post
    It's not the most lucrative literary prize. There is the Premio Planeta in Spain that is 601.000 ? to the winner and 125.000 ? to the finalist. And of course there is the Nobel Prize.
    When I read the article I thought that " one of the most lucrative..." would have been more correct, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiffelio View Post
    Why is the focus solely on Zoe Heller? What about the other short-listees?
    Maybe the next article will be more informative for us.

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    The 2010 Award Longlist ( and Shortlist):

    International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award
    Last edited by learna; 14-Apr-2010 at 12:03.

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    An Irish Times article on the shortlist.

    Not surprisingly Dutch newspapers have picked up the news that Gerbrand Bakker is on the shortlist with his novel The Twin. Headings are very similar to the BBC one: 'Gerbrand Bakker on shortlist literary prize'.

    The Twin certainly is a good book. It's the only book on the list I have read, so I can't make a comparison with the others. I wonder who's going to be the favourite with the bookmakers...

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    Inclusion of Elegance of the Hedgehog makes it difficult to take the list entirely seriously. Let's see, an endearingly quirky child with family problems? 'Girls' giggling and 'bonding' over the kitchen table? (Sorry, can't endure typing that without inverted commas.) A Cinderella lifted from the ashes by camaraderie and, finally, a prince who recognises her true worth? Sorry, that isn't, as the Irish Times article would have it, a 'novel of ideas'. It isn't even, despite the occasional appearance to the contrary, pre-digested philosophy for the mass market. It's chick lit, for god's sake.
    What on earth is it doing on the IMPAC shortlist?
    the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on the dissecting table. . .

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    You know how I hate lists, but even worse than lists are great long rambling articles about shortlists where they don't manage to list the six or so candidates in alphabetical order:
    1. The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch) in translation. Harvill Secker
    2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (French) in translation. Europa Editions, USA, Gallic Press, UK
    3. In Zodiac Light by Robert Edric (British) Doubleday, UK
    4. Settlement by Christoph Hein (German) in translation. Metropolitan Books
    5. The Believers by Zo? Heller (British). Fig Tree
    6. Netherland by Joseph O?Neill (Irish) Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, UK, Pantheon Books, USA
    7. God?s Own Country by Ross Raisin (British) Viking
    8. Home by Marilynne Robinson (American) Farrar, Straus & Giroux, USA, HarperCollins, Canada
    As usual, however, even in this list, the people who do all the work in the case of translations are just not mentioned. I only know of David Colmer who did the Bakker. But who translated the German and French shortlistees, to use a silly word, I have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch) in translation.
    So, Gerbrand Bakker's The Twin (2006, trans: 2008, David Colmer) has been awarded.
    ...who translated the German and French shortlistees...
    The Barberry was translated by Alison Anderson; the Hein by Philip Boehm.

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    Award IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2011

    Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin has been announced as the winner of the highly lucrative IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It wasn't even the only Irish novel about New York on the shortlist - Colm Toibin's Brooklyn was also there. McCann also beat out works by Barbara Kingsolver, Yiyun Li, Joyce Carol Oates, David Malouf, William Trevor, and others.

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    Default 2017 International Dublin Literary Award Longlist Announced

    http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees/

    This is a major English-language literary award and regardless of the recent quality of other English language awards in recent years (like the National Book Award, Pulitzer, Booker, etc) this one still stands up reasonably despite having a rotating cast of judges (this in part led to the downfall of the National Book Award). It's one of the richest literary prizes given to a single book and generally the winners and shortlisted books are by serious authors of literature as opposed to one hit wonders. In previous years Nobel-winning authors have been awarded this prize prior to winning the Nobel (Pamuk, Muller) and generally names that appear in betting odds turn up in the shortlists.

    Of course, given that there's around 140 longlisted books there's still plenty of garbage that can almost immediately be eliminated. It'll be interesting to see what they whittle this down to for their shortlist.

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    Some questionable books on the longlist.. Makes me wonder if they allow authors to self-nominate.

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    Public libraries can nominate. So if a book is very popular regardless of its quality it can end up on the longlist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie B View Post
    Some questionable books on the longlist.. Makes me wonder if they allow authors to self-nominate.
    Yes, like Isabel Allende or The Girl in the Train.

    From all the novels listed I've only read three: Mia Couto's Confession of the Lioness is a hell of a book. I think its chances are very good to at least being at the shortlist.
    The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa which is a good novel but nothing that really can stand up among his production. Also Evelio Rosero's novel rarely translated Feasts of the Innocents which I recommend everyone to avoid.

    Has anyone read or heard anything about The Mersault Investigarion. I caught my attention for his obvious reference to Camus and it probably could be either great or trash.

    Another name that caught my attention was Pedro Carmona-Alvarez, a name you can identify as a Spanish speaker, but with a translation coming from Norwegian. I found he was born in Chile but here is not a lot of information available to find out how he ended writing in Norwegian.

    Also curious about Tomas Espedal, a writer some people have recommended me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel del Real View Post
    Another name that caught my attention was Pedro Carmona-Alvarez, a name you can identify as a Spanish speaker, but with a translation coming from Norwegian. I found he was born in Chile but here is not a lot of information available to find out how he ended writing in Norwegian.
    Apparently Pedro Carmona-Alvarez was born in Chile in 1972 but as a 10-year-old his family left the country for Argentina because of the father's political activities and they ended up in Norway a year later.

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    Default 2017 International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

    http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/2017-shortlist/

    At first glance, a strong list of contenders.

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