Irish author Anna Burns’ Milkman is one of ten novels shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.
Sponsored by Dublin City Council. Celebrating 25 years, this award is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000.
The writers, 8 of whom are female, come from Canada, France, India, Iran, Ireland, Poland, the UK and the USA.
The winner of the International Dublin Literary Award 2020 will be announced by its Patron, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu on Thursday 22nd October, as part of International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin).
The novels on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Poland, the UK and the USA, and come from Canada, France, India, Iran, Ireland, Poland the UK and the USA. Memorable characters 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.
The Shortlist in full:
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (British)
Milkman by Anna Burns (Irish)
Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (Iranian-French), translated by Tina Kover
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canadian)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (US)
History of Violence by Édouard Louis (French), translated by Lorin Stein
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (US)
There There by Tommy Orange (Native American)
All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy (Indian)
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (Polish), translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
About Milkman by Anna Burns:
In an unnamed city, where to be interesting is dangerous, an eighteen-year-old woman has attracted the unwanted and unavoidable attention of a powerful and frightening older man, ‘Milkman’. In this community, where suggestions quickly become fact, where gossip and hearsay can lead to terrible consequences, what can she do to stop a rumour once it has started? Milkman is persistent, the word is spreading, and she is no longer in control . . .
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2019
‘Blazing.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Outstanding.’ New Statesman
‘A triumph.’ Guardian
‘Utterly compelling.’ Irish Times
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