DR Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Angola’s José Eduardo Agualusa made the Man Booker International Prize longlist that was announced today.
The longlisted two join the last 13 books of 155 books gunning to win the prize dedicated to celebrating the finest in global fiction. The prize is sponsored by Man Group, one of the world’s largest independent alternative investment managers,
Fiston Mwanza Mujila has been flying the flag high for DR Congo with his debut novel Tram 83 which is also on the shortlist for this year’s Etisalat Prize for Africa Literature to be handed out next Sunday. José Eduardo Agualusa’s entry is for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion.
The full 2016 longlist is as follows:
Author (nationality) Translator Title (imprint)
José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola) Daniel Hahn, A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker)
Elena Ferrante (Italy) Ann Goldstein, The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions)
Han Kang (South Korea) Deborah Smith, The Vegetarian (Portobello Books)
Maylis de Kerangal (France) Jessica Moore, Mend the Living (Maclehose Press)
Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia) Labodalih Sembiring, Man Tiger (Verso Books)
Yan Lianke (China) Carlos Rojas, The Four Books (Chatto & Windus)
Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria) Roland Glasser, Tram 83 (Jacaranda)
Raduan Nassar (Brazil) Stefan Tobler, A Cup of Rage (Penguin Modern Classics)
Marie NDiaye (France) Jordan Stump, Ladivine (Maclehose Press)
Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan) Deborah Boliner Boem, Death by Water (Atlantic Books)
Aki Ollikainen (Finland) Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, White Hunger (Peirene Press)
Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber)
Robert Seethaler (Austria) Charlotte Collins, A Whole Life (Picador)
The judges will announce a shortlist of six books on 14 April with each author and translator receiving £1,000. They judges include the chair Boyd Tonkin a senior writer on The Independent, anthropologist and novelist Tahmima Anam, academic David Bellos, editor and academic Daniel Medin and prize-winning British poet and author Ruth Padel.
The winner of the 2016 Prize will be announced on 16 May at a formal dinner at the V & A, with the £50,000 prize being divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry.