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11 August 2020

The Adventures of China Iron shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020

2 April 2020

A book published by Edinburgh-based Charco Press - The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela  Cabezón  Cámara (Spanish-Argentina), translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh - is one of the six shortlisted books in contention for the International Booker Prize 2020. The full shortlist was announced on 2 April 2020: 

  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Farsi-Iran), translated by Anonymous, published by Europa Editions  
  • The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela  Cabezón  Cámara (Spanish-Argentina), translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh, published by Charco Press  
  • Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann (Germany-German), translated by Ross Benjamin, published by Quercus  
  • Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor (Spanish-Mexico), translated by Sophie Hughes, Published by Fitzcarraldo Editions  
  • The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (Japanese-Japan), translated by Stephen Snyder, published by Harvill Secker  
  • The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (Dutch-Netherlands), translated by Michele Hutchison, published by Faber & Faber  

The International Booker Prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It aims to encourage more publishing and reading of quality fiction from all over the world and to promote the work of translators. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The contribution of both author and translator is given equal recognition, with the £50,000 prize split between them. Each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000, bringing the total value of the prize to £62,000.  

The winner was oriiginally due to be announced on 19 May 2020 but the announcement is being delayed: see the Booker Prizes website.