Sunday 18 March 2018

Anne Enright is the only Irish author nominated for Dublin Literary Award

Anne Enright
Anne Enright
Valeria Luiselli is nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award for her novel, The Story of my Teeth

Sasha Brady

Anne Enright is the only Irish author on the Dublin Literary Award shortlist, the world's most valuable prize for a single work of fiction published in English.

Enright is battling it out with six men and four women for the €100,000 prize, drawn from 149 titles which are nominated by 109 libraries in 40 countries across the world.

Six of the novels shortlisted are in translation from Angola, Austria, Denmark/Norway, Mexico, Mozambique and Turkey, as well as tales from Nigeria, Vietnam and the USA.

Most of the books on the shortlist have been celebrated with other literary awards. Vietnamese American Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2017 Pulizter Pirze for his international bestseller, The Sympathizer. Enright's novel The Green Road was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, alongside Angolan José Eduardo Agualusa’s, A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn and Austrian Robert Seethaler’s elegiac A Whole Life, which is translated by Charlotte Collins.

Valeria Luiselli is nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award for her novel, The Story of my Teeth
Valeria Luiselli is nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award for her novel, The Story of my Teeth

One of the shortlisted authors is a previous winner. Orhan Pamuk is won the prize in 2003 for his novel, My Name is Red, translated from the Turkish by Erdag M. Göknar and is nominated again this year for his work, A Strangeness In My Min, translated by Ekin Oklap.

Mexican writer, Valieria Luiselli, who is being hailed as the new voice of Latin American fiction has been shortlisted for her four-part postmodern romp, The Story of my Teeth, translated from Spanish by Christina MacSweeney.

The five member international judging panel, chaired by Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan, will select one winner which will be announced by Lord Mayor, Brendan Carr, Patron of the Award, on Wednesday, June 21.

The award promotes Dublin internationally as a literary destination, as Juan Pablo Villalobos (2016 judging panel) remarked, “Dublin is a very literary city and for me as a Mexican writer I was very, very happy to be invited to be a judge because it’s the city of Samuel Beckett, one of my literary heroes, and of James Joyce of course.

"Obviously world wide Dublin is known as a literary city and I think that this prize is becoming every year more and more important.”

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist

A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa (Angolan) Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. Published by Harvill Secker & Archipelago Books.

Confession of the Lioness by Mia Couto (Mozambican) Translated from the Portuguese by David Brookshaw. Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux & Harvill Secker.

The Green Road by Anne Enright (Irish ) Published by Jonathan Cape & W.W. Norton.

The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine (Danish/Norwegian) Translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken. Published by Atlantic Books & W.W. Norton.

The Story of my Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (Mexican) Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Christina MacSweeney. Published by Coffee House Press & Granta Books.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Vietnamese/American) First novel. Published by Grove/Atlantic & Corsair.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (Nigerian-American) Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & Granta Books.

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk (Turkish) Translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap. Published by Faber & Faber.

A While Life by Robert Seethaler (Austrian) Translated from the German by Charlotte Collins. Published by Picador.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (American) Published by Doubleday & Picador

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