Israeli Authors Oz, Grossman Longlisted for Man Booker International Prize

'In these times when walls are being built, this explosion of brilliant ideas from around the world arriving into the English language feels more important than ever,' lead judge Nick Barley said.

Yanai Yechiel

Israeli authors Amos Oz and David Grossman are among the 13 authors who made the long list for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, the foundation that awards the literary honor announced Wednesday.

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 judges considered 126 books in all.

The £50,000 award, which recognizes fiction from around the world that is translated into English, is split between the author and his translator. The short list will be released on April 20 and the winner 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.)

David Grossman (Kobi Kalmanovitz)
Kobi Kalmanovitz

“It’s been an exceptionally strong year for translated fiction,” said Nick Barley, Edinburgh International Book Festival director and chair of the judging panel.

“From powerful depictions and shocking exposes of historical and contemporary horrors to intimate and compelling portraits of people going about their daily lives, our longlisted books are above all breathtakingly well-written.

“Fiction in translation is flourishing: in these times when walls are being built, this explosion of brilliant ideas from around the world arriving into the English language feels more important than ever,” Barley said.

The other authors who made the list are:

Mathias Enard (France)
Wioletta Greg (Poland)
Stefan Hertmans (Belgium)
Roy Jacobsen (Norway)
Ismail Kadare (Albania)
Jon Kalman Stefansson (Iceland)
Yan Lianke (China)
Alain Mabanckou (France)
Clemens Meyer (Germany)
Dorthe Nors (Denmark)
Samanta Schweblin (Argentina)