The 2017 Man Booker International Prize Longlist!

Every year, I start getting excited around the start of February, and every year, by the time the middle of March rolls around, I’m virtually climbing the walls in anticipation.  Thankfully, the moment has arrived, and this year’s judges have finally put us all out of misery.  The twelve thirteen books making up the 2017 Man Booker International Prize longlist have finally been announced.  What’s been selected as the cream of the translated crop this year?  Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s the longlist 🙂


Mathias Énard (France) & Charlotte Mandell
(Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Wioletta Greg (Poland) & Eliza Marciniak
Swallowing Mercury
(Portobello Books)

David Grossman (Israel) & Jessica Cohen
A Horse Walks into a Bar
(Jonathan Cape)

Stefan Hertmans (Belgium) & David McKay
War and Turpentine
(Harvill Secker)

Roy Jacobsen (Norway) & Don Bartlett
The Unseen (MacLehose Press)

Yan Lianke (China) & Carlos Rojas
The Explosion Chronicles
(Chatto & Windus)

Ismail Kadare (Albania) & John Hodgson
The Traitor’s Niche
(Harvill Secker)

Jón Kalman Stefánsson (Iceland) & Philip Roughton
Fish Have No Feet
(MacLehose Press)

Alain Mabanckou (Republic of the Congo) & Helen Stevenson
Black Moses
(Serpent’s Tail)

Clemens Meyer (Germany) & Katy Derbyshire
Bricks and Mortar
(Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Dorthe Nors (Denmark) & Misha Hoekstra
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (Pushkin Press)

Amos Oz (Israel) & Nicholas de Lange
(Chatto & Windus)

Samanta Schweblin (Argentina) & Megan McDowell
Fever Dream
(Oneworld Publications)

A few quick thoughts on the make-up of the list:

Geography: 5/13 outside Europe (fairly par for the course)
Gender: 3/13 women (Oh, dear…)
Presses: 8/13 small presses (possibly…)

And sadly, I’ve only read two of them 😦

So now it’s time to get reading and reviewing, with a little help from my friends, of course 😉  The Shadow Panel is ready to get cracking, and before too long, we’ll be rating and slating this year’s contenders.  Before that, though, we need to come together and give our ‘official’ verdict on the judges’ selections – and also decide whether there’s something missing that we might like to call in ourselves.  That’s what our official shadow response is all about, and it’s coming very soon 🙂


13 thoughts on “The 2017 Man Booker International Prize Longlist!

  1. Many of these names are new to me which is wonderful. Ive not read this particular novel by Mabanckou but enjoyed one of his previous ones. The Explosion Chronicles I have to read but highly unlikely I will get to it before the shortlist/winner is announced


    1. Karen – I have to say that I’m always a little dubious with the Chinese books (including those of Yan Lianke) – I don’t always get on with them. ‘The Four Books’ was one from last year that I liked initially, but which rapidly slipped down my rankings…


        1. Karen – Well, I’ll be getting to ‘The Explosion Chronicles’ at some point, so let’s hope it’s a better example of Chinese writing 😉


    1. Ally – I think many people are surprised by what’s made the cut – which doesn’t mean they’re bad books, of course…


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