The Man Booker International Prize recognizes literary works translated into English and published in Britain. It is distinct from the Man Booker Prize, which is awarded to works originally published in English. The award comes with a cash prize of 50,000 British pounds, or about $71,000, which is split equally between the author and their translators.
The 2018 nominees are:
- The French author Virginie Despentes’s “Vernon Subutex 1,” about a down-and-out former music store owner in Paris (translated by Frank Wynne).
- The South Korean author Han Kang’s “The White Book,” centering on the death of the unnamed narrator’s older sister (translated by Deborah Smith).
- The Hungarian author Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s “The World Goes On,” a collection of 21 stories (translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet and George Szirtes).
- The Spanish author Antonio Muñoz Molina’s “Like a Fading Shadow,” about James Earl Ray, who assassinated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (translated by Camilo A. Ramirez).
- The Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi’s “Frankenstein in Baghdad,” a reimagining of Mary Shelley’s monster tale set in the aftermath of the United States’ invasion of Iraq (translated by Jonathan Wright).
- The Polish author Olga Tokarczuk’s “Flights,” a philosophical meditation on modern-day travel (translated by Jennifer Croft).
“This is a shortlist emblematic of the many adventures of fiction — its making and reading, We have mesmeric meditations, raucous, sexy, state-of-the-nation stories, haunting sparseness and sprawling tales; enigmatic cabinets of curiosity, and daring acts of imaginative projection — all this plus sparkling encounters with prose in translation,” said Lisa Appignanesi, chairwoman of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, in a statement.
Last year’s Man Booker International Prize went to the Israeli author David Grossman and the translator Jessica Cohen for “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” about a comedian’s stand-up routine gone wrong.
The winner of this year’s award will be announced on May 22 at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum here.