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Independent publishers vie for Man Booker International Prize

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Agence France-Presse

London, United Kingdom  /  Fri, April 13, 2018  /  02:03 pm
Independent publishers vie for Man Booker International Prize

South Korean author Han Kang in Seoul on May 24, 2016. The author's work, 'The White Book', has been short-listed in the 2018 Man Booker International Prize on Thursday. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Independent publishers dominated the shortlist for Britain's Man Booker International Prize, announced on Thursday, celebrating translated works of fiction spanning the globe.

Six authors and their translators are competing for the £50,000 ($71,000, 58,000 euros) prize, with works translated from four European languages, plus South Korean and an Arabic work by an Iraqi author.

Chair of the prize's judging panel, Lisa Appignanesi, said the shortlist promised "sparkling encounters with prose in translation".

"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," she said in a statement.

Despite the diversity of authors and their tales -- ranging from the Parisian music scene to a meditation on colour -- the books all hail from independent publishers.

Tuskar Rock Press is behind The World Goes On, a collection of stories by Hungarian author Laszlo Krasznahorkai who won the 2015 prize. 

Spanish writer Antonio Munoz Molina's Like a Fading Shadow, about the assassin of Martin Luther King Jr, is also published by Tuskar Rock.

Other independents behind the finalists are Fitzcarraldo Editions, MacLehose Press, Oneworld, and Portobello Books.

The winner will be announced on May 22 at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, with the prize money shared between the author and translator.

Read also: Han Kang's latest novel nominated for Man Booker Int'l Prize

The 2018 Man Booker International Shortlist:

- Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes (France)

- The White Book by Han Kang (South Korea)

- The World Goes On by Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Hungary)

- Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Munoz Molina (Spain)

- Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq)

- Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (Poland)