Posted on April 2, 2020 at 7:54 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The story of the International Booker Prize longlist was the number of small presses represented.
The story of the shortlist? The near-record youth of one of its members.
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, age twenty-eight, isn’t the youngest writer to be nominated for any of the Booker prizes — that honor goes to Daisy Johnson, who was twenty-seven when she was shortlisted for the Booker, as the Guardian observes.
But like Johnson, Rijneveld accomplished this feat with a debut novel.
We’ll see if the story of the International Booker victory is that of a millennial’s first novel emerging triumphant on May 19.
The remaining contenders for the £50,000 ($64,400) prize, which is split amongst the author and translator or translators, are:
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, written by Shokoofeh Azar and translated by Anonymous from Farsi.
The Adventures of China Iron, written by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara and translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh from Spanish.
Tyll, written by Daniel Kehlmann and translated by Ross Benjamin from German.
Hurricane Season, written by Fernanda Melchor and translated by Sophie Hughes from Spanish.
The Memory Police, written by Yōko Ogowa and translated by Stephen Snyder from Japanese.
The Discomfort of Evening, written by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and translated by Michele Hutchison from Dutch.
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