Among the 156 books nominated by libraries around the world for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award, Jasmine Days by Benyamin also makes it to the longlist. The winner receiving €100,000, the award is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 50 novels in translation with works nominated by libraries from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the US & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand.
The International DUBLIN Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the books eligible for the 2020 award were nominated by libraries in 119 cities and 40 countries worldwide; noting that 50 are titles in translation, spanning 21 languages and 51 books are first novels.
The 2018 and 2019 Nobel Laureate winners Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke have been nominated for Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead and The Great Fall respectively. Among the 50 translated books are novels originally published in Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Slovene and Spanish.
The international judging panel comprises Irish editor and columnist, Niall MacMonagle; Scottish author and editor Zoë Strachan; Yannick Garcia, a Catalan writer and translator based in Barcelona; Cathy Rentzenbrink, a Sunday Times top ten bestseller of the year writer; and Indian-born translator and champion of the novel, Shreela Ghosh. The non-voting chairperson is Prof Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin.
The shortlist will be published on 2 April 2020, and the Lord Mayor of Dublin will announce the winner on 10 June 2020.