The 2018 Man Booker International Prize Longlist!

After several weeks (at least) of anxious waiting, the big day is here at last.  Yes, the longlist for this year’s Man Booker International Prize has been announced, and with the uncertainty put to rest, it’s time to get reading.  You may have already seen my post predicting what might be chosen (I’ll leave you to check up on how right or wrong I was…), and I also introduced a shadowy colleague or nine a few weeks back, all keen to crack on with proceedings.  So let’s get into it – here is the longlist!


Laurent Binet (France) & Sam Taylor
The 7th Function of Language (Harvill Secker)

Javier Cercas (Spain) & Frank Wynne
The Impostor (MacLehose Press)

Virginie Despentes (France) & Frank Wynne
Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)

Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany) & Susan Bernofsky
Go, Went, Gone (Portobello Books)

Han Kang (South Korea) & Deborah Smith
The White Book (Portobello Books)

Ariana Harwicz (Argentina), Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff
Die, My Love (Charco Press)

László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes
The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)

Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain) & Camilo A. Ramirez
Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)

Christoph Ransmayr (Austria) & Simon Pare
The Flying Mountain (Seagull Books)

Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq) & Jonathan Wright
Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld Publications)

Olga Tokarczuk (Poland) & Jennifer Croft
Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan) & Darryl Sterk
The Stolen Bicycle (Text Publishing)

Gabriela Ybarra (Spain) & Natasha Wimmer
The Dinner Guest (Harvill Secker)

There’s certainly a mix of the expected, the suspected and the slightly surprising here 🙂  A few notes:

Geography: 4/13 from outside Europe (par for the course?)
Gender: 6/13 of the books by female writers (a decent outcome, and certainly an improvement on recent years)
Presses: 11/13 from small(ish) publishers (very good to see)

That’s all I’ll say for now.  Our Shadow Panel will be discussing the list and issuing our traditional response later this week – I wonder what our take on the selections will be… 😉

12 thoughts on “The 2018 Man Booker International Prize Longlist!

    1. Karen – Nothing sinister here, merely that there were a few books that I had a gut feeling would make it (as opposed to Erpenbeck and Han Kang which were obvious) 🙂

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  1. Another step away from iffp days I managed to get all the books ordered yesterday barring the seagull which is out next week here I had read six but only reviewed one so be doing them for next few days then starting on longlist should be done well before shortlisted and doing my shortlist then


    1. Stu – I’ve read four, and I’ll be revisiting those at the end of the week. I’ve got plans for most, but there are still one or two I’m not sure about…


        1. Stu – Good to hear. My library should be good for most, but (once again) I still don’t actually have any unread titles with me to start on!


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