The International DUBLIN Literary Award 2020 Shortlist

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DublinTen novels have been shortlisted for the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council. The shortlist announced today includes Milkman by Irish author Anna Burns, and three novels in translation. Celebrating 25 years, this award is the world's most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000.

The writers, eight of whom are female, come from Canada, France, India, Iran, Ireland, Poland, the UK and the USA.

The six member international judging panel, chaired by Prof. Chris Morash, will select one winner on Thursday 22nd October during the International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin) reimagined 2020 festival.

Shortlisted Titles

1.The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (British). Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd.
2.Milkman by Anna Burns (Irish). Published by Faber & Faber and Graywolf Press.
3.Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (Iranian-French). Translated from the French by Tina Kover. Published by Europa Editions.
4.Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canadian). Published by Serpents Tail Ltd., HarperCollins Canada and Alfred A. Knopf.
5.An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (American). Published by Algonquin Books.
6.History of Violence by Édouard Louis (French). Translated from the French by Lorin Stein. Published by Harvill Secker.
7.The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (American). Published by Virago Press Ltd.
8.There There by Tommy Orange (Native American). Published by Harvill Secker, Alfred A. Knopf and McClelland & Stewart Inc.
9.All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy (Indian). Published by MacLehose Press and Atria Books.
10. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (Polish). Translated by from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.

Borrow the Books

All the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public libraries. Readers can also borrow most of the shortlisted titles on BorrowBox - eBooks and eAudiobooks for limited periods by way of digital loans. The full list of 156 titles has been published in a free newsletter, and all details are also on the newly revamped Award website at

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