Shortlist announced for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014

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Novels by Irish author Donal Ryan and David Park from Northern Ireland have been shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, which was announced today, 9 April. The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan has been described as the definitive novel of the downturn. Ryan perfectly inhabits each of a range of characters, capturing their voices and in doing so, expertly delineates life in small town rural Ireland.  In Light of Amsterdam David Park takes three pairs of characters to Amsterdam, where he gradually weaves their stories toward moments of epiphany. It is another great read from the author of The Truth Commissioner, which was longlisted for the award in 2010.

Also on the list is previous winner Gerbrand Bakker. Bakker won the award in 2010 for his beautifully understated yet moving novel, The Twin, which was also translated from Dutch by David Colmer.

Books shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

This truly international list is a fantastic reading list and a great way to discover novels in translation. It includes five novels in translation from Argentina, Colombia, France, Norway, and The Netherlands and novels from Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, the UK and the USA. 

The shortlisted titles (with links to the library catalogue) are:

  • The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker, (Dutch) translated by David Colmer. Published by Harvill Secker.
  • Questions of Travel by Michelle De Kretser (Sri Lankan / Australian) Published by Allen & Unwin.
  • Absolution by Patrick Flanery (American) (First novel) Published by Atlantic Books.
  • A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norwegian) Translated by Don Bartlett. Published by Harvill Secker.
  • Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye (French) Translated by John Fletcher. Published by MacLehose / Quercus and by Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman (Argentinian) Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia. Published by Pushkin Press and by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  • The Light of Amsterdam by David Park (Northern Irish) Published by Bloomsbury.
  • The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Irish) (First novel) Published by Doubleday Ireland / Lilliput Press.
  • The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian) Published by Myrmidon.
  • The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian) Translated from the original Spanish by Anne McLean. Published by Bloomsbury.

“This is a truly global shortlist” said Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, “stories imagined and inspired by authors and themes from countries as far apart as Australia and Malaysia on the one side of the globe and Argentina, Columbia and the USA on the other, with an eclectic selection of European titles in the middle with five stories told in translation from Dutch, French, Norwegian and Spanish.”

Read the full press release.

So who do you think will win? We will just have to wait until 12 June...

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