The 2022 International Booker Prize Longlist Announced


The 2022 International Booker Prize judges have announced the longlist of the candidates for this annual prestigious literary award, which might accelerate sales of the prize winner in hundred of times. Thirteen novels translated into English from 11 languages and originated from 12 countries from all over the globe have entered the competition.


The longlist comprises not only the new authors translated into English but also the previous prize winners, such as Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft, David Grossman and Jessica Cohen:


Paradais by Fernanda Melchor (translated by Sophie Hughes)

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami (translated by Samuel Bett, David Boyd)

Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park (translated by Anton Hur)

Happy Stories, Mostly by Norman Erikson Pasaribu (translated by Tiffany Tsao)

Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro (translated by Frances Riddle)

The Book of Mother by Violaine Huisman (translated by Leslie Camhi)

More Than I Love My Life by David Grossman (translated by Jessica Cohen)

Phenotypes by Paulo Scott (translated by Daniel Hahn)

A New Name: Septology VI-VII by Jon Fosse (translated by Damion Searls)

After the Sun by Jonas Eika (translated by Translated by Sherilyn Hellberg)

Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree (translated by Daisy Rockwell)

The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk (translated by Jennifer Croft)

Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung (translated by Anton Hur)


Frank Wynne, the chair of the 2022 judges, has summed up the longlist in the following statement: "From the intimate to the epic, the numinous to the profane, the books make up a passionately debated longlist that trace a ring around the world. These 13 titles from 12 countries and 11 languages explore the breadth and depth of human experience, and are a testament to the power of language and literature."


Last year the International Booker Prize was handed to At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop, which experienced a 477% sale increase right after the announcement.


The shortlist 2022 of six novels, which will continue the competition, will be announced on 7 April, and the winners of the prize will be named on 26 May.


The International Booker Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland.

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