I promised myself that this year I would read the Republic of Consciousness Prize longlist. I’ve always found it an interesting prize to follow, and I’ve enjoyed the last few months as a subscriber to their book of the month – but I’ve never actually read along with it. Time to change that.
The 2021 longlist was announced yesterday, and here’s what we’ve got:
- A Musical Offering by Luis Sagasti, tr. Fionn Petch (Charco Press)
- The Appointment by Katharina Volckmer (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- Mordew by Alex Pheby (Galley Beggar Press)
- Mr. Beethoven by Paul Griffiths (Henningham Family Press)
- Unknown Language by Huw Lemmey and Hildegard von Blingen (Ignota Books)
- LOTE by Shola von Reinhold (Jacaranda Books)
- The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey (Peepal Tree Press)
- Men and Apparitions by Lynne Tillman (Peninsula Press)
- Alindarka’s Children by Alhierd Bacharevic, tr. Jim Dingley & Petra Reid (Scotland Street Press)
- A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Tramp Press)
To date, I’ve read four of those and reviewed three (links above). Mordew was one of my favourite books from last year. Mr. Beethoven and The Mermaid of Black Conch were not far behind. The other one I’ve read so far is A Musical Offering, which is so far away from what I’d usually read that I didn’t really appreciate it properly – so a re-read is in order.
I love that, even though I’ve become reasonably knowledgeable about small presses over the years, the Republic of Consciousness can still shine a light on books and publishers I’ve never heard of. Well, it’s time to get acquainted.