Ten international novels are vying for the world's most valuable literary prize, the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award, and among them, Anna Burns' 'Milkman'.
The winner of the award for a single work of fiction published in English will receive a prize of €100,000 from Dublin City Council, with €25,000 going to the translator if it is a work in translation.
Belfast-native Burns, who grew up in the nationalist Ardoyne area of north Belfast in the 1960s and '70s, is the only Irish writer on the award shortlist which was announced yesterday.
Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu will announce the winner during the International Literature Festival Dublin on October 22.
She was nominated for her 2018 novel 'Milkman' – a young woman's coming-of-age story set in the backdrop of The Troubles in 1970s Northern Ireland – which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction the same year.
This year's contenders are said to include "memorable characters" who "tell stories of identity and displacement, violence and war, hope and humanity, love and loss, family and relationships, incarceration and racism, justice and tradition set in both familiar and unfamiliar countries and cultures".
In order to qualify for the prize, the novel must have been published in English in 2018 or be a work of fiction that was translated since 2009.
Three translated works are on the list which includes writers from Canada, France, India, Iran, Poland, the UK and the USA.
The shortlisted titles are:
- 'The Silence of the Girls' by Pat Barker (British). Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd.
- 'Milkman' by Anna Burns (Irish). Published by Faber & Faber and Graywolf Press.
- 'Disoriental' by Négar Djavadi (Iranian-French). Translated from the French by Tina Kover. Published by Europa Editions.
- 'Washington Black' by Esi Edugyan (Canadian). Published by Serpents Tail Ltd., HarperCollins Canada and Alfred A. Knopf.
- 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones (American). Published by Algonquin Books.
- 'History of Violence' by Édouard Louis (French). Translated from the French by Lorin Stein. Published by Harvill Secker.
- 'The Friend' by Sigrid Nunez (American). Published by Virago Press Ltd.
- 'There There' by Tommy Orange (Native American). Published by Harvill Secker, Alfred A. Knopf and McClelland & Stewart Inc.
- 'All the Lives We Never Lived' by Anuradha Roy (Indian). Published by MacLehose Press and Atria Books.
- '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.
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