Posted on 03/30/2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has made International Booker Prize history on multiple levels.

He is both the first person to be nominated for both writing and translating a work, and he’s the first to be nominated for writing in an indigenous African language (the Bantu language Gikuyu).

The Guardian, in its post announcing the International Booker longlist, shares more of Thiong’o’s remarkable background.

It also notes that this year’s list includes eleven languages and twelve countries, with just one writer and one translator having received the nods before.

Here are the nominees; this list will be winnowed to six on April 22, with an overall winner being revealed June 2. 

The £50,000 ($64,400) prize is split amongst the author and translator or translators.

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