The Man Booker International Prize has released its longlist of 13 books by writers from all over the world. Two Africans made the list: Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria) with Tram 83 (published by Jacaranda) and José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola) with A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker).
“This is the first longlist ever to have been announced for the Man Booker International Prize, which has joined forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and is now awarded annually on the basis of a single book. The £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator.”
The full 2016 longlist is as follows:
Author (nationality) Translator Title (imprint)
According to the Press release: “The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Boyd Tonkin, senior writer on The Independent, and consisting of: anthropologist and novelist Tahmima Anam; academic David Bellos, Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University; editor and academic Daniel Medin, who holds a comparative literature professorship at the American University of Paris (AUP); and prize-winning British poet and author Ruth Padel.”