Israeli Authors Amos Oz, David Grossman Face Off for Man Booker International Prize

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Israeli novelists Amos Oz and David Grossman made it onto the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, along with four other authors, the foundation that awards the literary honor announced Thursday.

“Every single one of these six books could win,” Nick Barley, the chairman of the judging panel, said at a news briefing in London on Thursday. 

Oz was nominated for “Judas,” translated by Nicholas de Lange, his first novel in a decade, while Grossman was nominated for his latest work, “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” translated by Jessica Cohen. 

The £50,000 award (about $64,000), which recognizes fiction from around the world that is translated into English, is split between the author and his translator. The winner will be announced on June 14.

Oz’s novel – a coming-of-age story about both a young man and a young country – is set in the winter of 1959, and considers the contemporary meaning of Judas in the nascent Jewish state. (Read our review here.)

Grossman’s book, about a stand-up comic, is “an unsettling, cathartic, confessional stream-of-consciousness soliloquy,” our reviewer wrote. (Read the full review here.)

The other nominees for the award are:

Dorthe Nors (Denmark)
Mathias Enard (France)
Roy Jacobsen (Norway)
Samanta Schweblin (Argentina)

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