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The 2020 International Booker Prize Shortlist is mostly women (again).

Emily Temple

April 2, 2020, 9:21am

Today, the Booker Prize committee announced the shortlist for this year’s International Booker Prize—awarded annually to the best book written in any language, translated into English, and published in the UK or Ireland. The prize, £50,000, will be split evenly between author and translator of the winning book.

“Our shortlist transcends this unprecedented moment, immersing us in expansively imagined lives that hold enduring fascination,” said Ted Hodgkinson, Chair of Judges, in the announcement.

For the second year in a row, all but one of the shortlisted books were written by women. Here’s the list:

the enlightenment of the greengage tree

Shokoofeh Azar, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, translated from Farsi by an Anonymous translator (Europa Editions)

The Adventures of China Iron

Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, The Adventures of China Iron, translated from Spanish by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh (Charco Press)

tyll kehllmann

Daniel Kehlmann, Tyll, translated from German by Ross Benjamin (Quercus)

hurricane season

Fernanda Melchor, Hurricane Season, translated from Spanish by Sophie Hughes (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

the memory police

Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police, translated from Japanese by Stephen Snyder (Harvill Secker)

The Discomfort of Evening

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, The Discomfort of Evening, translated from Dutch by Michele Hutchison (Faber & Faber)

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