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19 April 2019

Sandstone Press book on Booker International shortlist

10 April 2019

The 2019 Man Booker International Prize has revealed the shortlist of the six books in contention for the 2019 prize. The £50,000 prize for the winning book will be divided equally between its author and translator.

The shortlisted books, authors, translators, publishers and language/country of original publication are:

  • Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth (Sandstone Press) (Arabic - Oman)
  • The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Strayer (Fitzcarraldo Editions) (French - France)
  • The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann, translated by Jen Calleja (Serpent's Tail) (German - Germany)
  • Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions) (Polish - Poland)
  • The Shape Of The Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated by Anne McLean (MacLehose Press) (Spanish - Colombia)
  • The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated by Sophie Hughes (And Other Stories) (Spanish - Chile)

The shortlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Bettany Hughes, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, and is made up of writer, translator and chair of English PEN Maureen Freely; philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs; novelist and satirist Elnathan John and essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra.

Tune into the shortlist edition of the Man Booker International Prize podcast on Friday 12 April.

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

Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #MBI2019 #FinestFiction 

 For more on the Prize, see the Man Booker Prize website