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2016 Man Booker International Prize longlist revealed – including Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Angolan Jose Eduardo Agualusa

Fiston Mwanza Mujila and José Eduardo Agualusa

Alert! The 2016 Man Booker International Prize longlist has been revealed, including Fiston Mwanza Mujila, who hails from Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa.

Tram 83Mujila, who has been longlisted for his debut novel Tram 83, will be in South Africa for the Time of the Writer Festival from 14 March, as one of the three authors shortlisted for this year’s Etisalat Prize for Literature.

The French original of Tram 83 was a French Voices 2014 grant recipient and won the Grand Prix du Premier Roman des SGDL, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards, including the Prix du Monde. The novel was translated by Robert Glasser, winning a 2015 PEN Translates Award.

A General Theory of OblivionJournalist and writer Agualusa has been longlisted for A General Theory of Oblivion. Agualusa was awarded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007 – becoming the first African to win that award – and his books have been translated into 25 languages.

Following the 2015 Man Booker International Prize, where eight out of 10 finalists had been originally published in a language other than English, the Booker Prize Foundation announced last year that the Man Booker International would in future be awarded to fiction in translation. From 2016, the prize will be awarded annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the UK, rather than every two years for a writer’s entire body of work. Both novels and collections of short stories are eligible.

The 2016 Man Booker International shortlist of six books will be announced on 14 April, with each author and translator receiving £1,000 (about R21,500). The winner will be announced on 16 May, with the £50,000 prize being divided equally between the author and the translator.

From the Man Booker International:

The Man Booker International Prize is delighted to reveal the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 books in contention for the 2016 Prize, celebrating the finest in global fiction.

This is the first longlist ever to have been announced for the Man Booker International Prize, which has joined forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and is now awarded annually on the basis of a single book. The £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator. The judges considered 155 books.

See the full list:

A General Theory of OblivionThe Story of the Lost ChildThe VegetarianMend the LivingMan TigerThe Four BooksTram 83
A Cup of RageLadivineDeath by WaterWhite HungerA Strangeness in My MindA Whole Life

2016 Man Booker International Prize longlist:

José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola) Daniel Hahn, A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker)

Elena Ferrante (Italy) Ann Goldstein, The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions)

Han Kang (South Korea) Deborah Smith, The Vegetarian (Portobello Books)

Maylis de Kerangal (France) Jessica Moore, Mend the Living (Maclehose Press)

Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia) Labodalih Sembiring, Man Tiger (Verso Books)

Yan Lianke (China) Carlos Rojas, The Four Books (Chatto & Windus)

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria) Roland Glasser, Tram 83 (Jacaranda)

Raduan Nassar (Brazil) Stefan Tobler, A Cup of Rage (Penguin Modern Classics)

Marie NDiaye (France) Jordan Stump, Ladivine (Maclehose Press)

Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan) Deborah Boliner Boem, Death by Water (Atlantic Books)

Aki Ollikainen (Finland) Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, White Hunger (Peirene Press)

Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber)

Robert Seethaler (Austria) Charlotte Collins, A Whole Life (Picador)

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