The shortlist for this year’s International Booker Prize was announced on Thursday:
- At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop, translated from French by Anna Moschovakis (Pushkin Press).
- The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez, translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell (Granta Books).
- When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut, translated from Spanish by Adrian Nathan West (Pushkin Press).
- The Employees by Olga Ravn, translated from Danish by Martin Aitken (Lolli Editions).
- In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated from Russian by Sasha Dugdale (Fitzcarraldo Editions).
- The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard, translated from French by Mark Polizzotti (Picador).
This is one of those occasions where the shortlist comes from a slightly different parallel reading universe as far as I’m concerned. At the time of writing this post, I have read (though not reviewed) all of the shortlisted books except When We Cease to Understand the World. I’ve heard great things about that book and expect to rate it highly… Most of the others would make by own personal shortlist… But I don’t rate The War of the Poor so highly. Just that one book makes such a difference.
Anyway, this is part of what makes reading along with the prize so enjoyable. The shadow panel will be announcing our own shortlist later. In the meantime, I’ll continue to post reviews and read the last couple of books I have left.
Read my other posts on the 2021 International Booker Prize here.