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Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi makes the International Man Booker Prize longlist

The list also includes former winners South Korean Han Kang and the Hungarian László Krasznahorka

Mohammed Saad , Monday 12 Mar 2018
The 13 longlisted Novels
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Judges for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction 2018 have selected Iraqi novelist Ahmed Saadawi, author of Frankenstein in Baghdad, for this year's longlist, which was announced on Monday.

Saadawi's work, which was translated by Jonathan Wright, made the Man Booker Dozen, the list of 13 novels in contention for this year's prize.

The list also include former Man Booker winners Han Kang of South Korea and László Krasznahorka of Hungary.

Here is the full 2018 longlist:

• Laurent Binet (France), Sam Taylor, The 7th Function of Language (Harvill Secker)

• Javier Cercas (Spain), Frank Wynne, The Impostor (MacLehose Press)

• Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)

• Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), Susan Bernofsky, Go, Went, Gone (Portobello Books)

• Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books)

• Ariana Harwicz (Argentina), Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff, Die, My Love (Charco Press)

• László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)

• Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez, Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)

• Christoph Ransmayr (Austria), Simon Pare, The Flying Mountain (Seagull Books)

• Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)

• Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

• Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan), Darryl Sterk, The Stolen Bicycle (Text Publishing)

• Gabriela Ybarra (Spain), Natasha Wimmer, The Dinner Guest (Harvill Secker)

The prize is awarded every year for a single international work of fiction that is available in English and published in the UK.

Both novels and short-story collections are eligible.

The £50,000 prize is divided equally between the author and translator of the winning entry.

In addition, each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000 each. The judges considered 108 books.

The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, led by Lisa Appignanesi OBE, who also chairs the Royal Society of Literature.

The other judges include Michael Hofmann, poet, reviewer and translator from German; Hari Kunzru, author of five novels including The Impressionist and White Tears; Tim Martin, journalist and literary critic; and Helen Oyeyemi, novelist, playwright and short story writer.

"Judging this Man Booker International Prize has been an exhilarating adventure. We have travelled across countries, cultures, imaginations, somehow to arrive at what could have been an even longer longlist," Appignanesi stated on Monday.

"It’s one which introduces a wealth of talent, a variety of forms and some writers little known in English before. It has great writing and translating energy and we hope readers take as much pleasure in discovering the work as we did," she concluded.

The shortlist of six books will be announced on 12 April at an event at Somerset House in London.

The winner of the 2018 prize will be named on 22 May at a dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

The prize is sponsored by the Man Group, an investment management firm which also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which is awarded for works originally published in English.

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