Posted on April 18, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Most of the records and firsts set by the 2023 International Booker Prize longlist have survived to the shortlist, revealed today.

Two original languages — Bulgarian and Catalan — are appearing for the first time on the list; Maryse Condé continues as the oldest nominated author (at age eighty-nine); and she and her husband (who translated her work) remain the first married duo nominated for their collaboration.

The £50,000 prize ($60,800), which is split evenly between author and translator, will be revealed May 23.

  • Boulder, written by Eva Baltasar and translated from Catalan by Julia Sanches 

  • Standing Heavy, written by GauZ’ and translated from French by Frank Wynne 

  • Still Born, written by Guadalupe Nettel and translated from Spanish by Rosalind Harvey

  • The Gospel According to the New World, written by Maryse Condé and translated from French by Richard Philcox 

  • Time Shelter, written by Georgi Gospodinov and translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel

  • Whale, written by Cheon Myeong-kwan and translated from Korean by Chi-Young Kim

  • Each of these books receives £2,500 (about $3,000). 

The prize is given out annually to the best work of fiction that has been translated into English and published in the UK and Ireland.

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