Man Booker International Prize 2018: the longlist

Here we go! The shadow panel are ready, and yesterday the judges announced their longlist of thirteen titles:

  • The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet, tr. Sam Taylor (France, Chatto & Windus).
  • The Impostor by Javier Cercas, tr. Frank Wynne (Spain, MacLehose Press).
  • Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes, tr. Frank Wynne (France, MacLehose Press).
  • Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck, tr. Susan Bernofsky (Germany, Portobello Books).
  • The White Book by Han Kang, tr. Deborah Smith (South Korea, Portobello Books).
  • Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz, tr. Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff (Argentina, Charco Press).
  • The World Goes On by László Kraznahorhai, tr. John Bakti, Ottilie Mulzet and George Szirtes (Hungary, Tuskar Rock Press).
  • Like a Falling Shadow by Antonio Muñoz Molina, tr. Camilo A. Ramirez (Spain, Tuskar Rock Press).
  • The Flying Mountain by Christoph Ransmayr, tr. Simon Pare (Austria, Seagull Books).
  • Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, tr. Jonathan Wright (Iraq, Oneworld).
  • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, tr. Jennifer Croft (Poland, Fitzcarraldo Editions).
  • The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi, tr. Darryl Sterk (Taiwan, Text Publishing).
  • The Dinner Guest by Gabriela Ybarra, tr. Natasha Wimmer (Spain, Harvill Secker).

The titles above will turn to links as I review the books. To date, I have managed to read a grand total of one, Frankenstein in Baghdad, though I haven’t reviewed it yet (spoiler: it’s excellent). I have another six of them to hand, and have been looking forward to reading all of them. The books I don’t know also sound intriguing; this is going to be an exciting month-or-so of reading.


  1. Reading 12 books in a month is a tall order. When do you get to sleep?

  2. That is indeed a lot of reading! I fancy the Binet, myself! 🙂

  3. Isn’t it going to be grand? I am quite enthused, if only there was a bit more time. I am with you on only having read one so far…

  4. I am in the same boat, I’ve only read one (Frankenstein in Baghdad really is excellent)…but only own one. Good luck with the shadow jury.

  5. I’m keen to try the Binet as I thought HHhH was brilliant. I’d also like to read the Jenny Erpenbeck too. Enjoy your longlist reading ?

  6. Thanks for the comments, everyone! It is a lot of reading, but it tends to be the reviewing on which I get behind. Sleep? There’s time for that in April… 🙂

    Lindsay, I too enjoyed HHhH, so I’m looking forward to the Binet. Same with the Erpenbeck and Han, after past experiences.

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