Well, the IFFP longlist has been announced, so it’s time to get cracking – sixteen books makes for a lot of reading. Luckily though, it’s really only twelve for me as I do have a four-book headstart 😉
Before I get into the remaining reviews though, I thought it would be a good idea to recap the four books read so far, using the style of last year’s IFFP reviews. Two today, two on Sunday, more reviews from next week – all good with you? Just clink on the links for my full write-up.
Definitely. I loved this, and I hinted at a possible IFFP longlisting in the first paragraph of my review last April. Last year, my fellow Shadow Juror Mark bemoaned the dour choices of the panel and looked forward to more ‘sexiness’. While his plea appears to have mostly fallen on deaf ears, this choice certainly fits the bill – and it’s great too 🙂
Difficult to predict at this early stage, but I’ll say yes. I haven’t really heard a bad word about this one from any bloggers or mainstream reviewers, and most people have (like me) been blown away. One comment I’ve seen is that it is a little longer than it might have been, and that slight bagginess might mean it will struggle to take out the title. I’m still confident that the jury will put it through to the next stage though.
Do you think it deserves to make the shortlist?
To be honest, I’d have to say that it doesn’t – not because I didn’t like it, but because I think that there isn’t quite enough here to elevate it onto the shortlist. It’s a slim volume, another of Peirene’s wonderful short reads, but I feel that their wait for a shortlisted book will have to wait until next year.
Again no. There are a few big-name writers on the longlist and several other books which have attracted a lot of attention over the past twelve months. In prizes like this, there is also often a sense that big themes and events can get a book over the line – death in the Danish provinces just doesn’t cut it…
…unless you’re Shakespeare, of course 😉
That’s two down – come back in a few days for the next two stops on our literary journey around the world 🙂