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The International Booker Prize 2024 Shortlist Announced

The International Booker Prize 2024 has already announced its shortlist, representing six languages (Dutch, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish), six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea and Sweden) and three continents (Asia, Europe and South America).

Each year the International Booker Prize introduces readers to the best novels and short story collections from around the globe that have been translated into English and published in the UK and/or Ireland. The shortlist was chosen from a longlist of 13 titles announced in March, which was selected from 149 books published in the UK and/or Ireland between May 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024 and submitted to the prize by publishers. 

The six books on the shortlist have been chosen by this year’s judging panel, chaired by esteemed writer and broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel. According to her, "Our shortlist, while implicitly optimistic, engages with current realities of racism and oppression, global violence and ecological disaster."

Here are the books on the shortlist:

NOT A RIVER by Selva Almada

KAIROS by Jenny Erpenbeck

MATER 2-10 by Hwang Sok-yong

CROOKED PLOW by Itamar Vieira Junior

THE DETAILS by Ia Genberg

The International Booker Prize 2024 ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 21 May.


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