The 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlist

10 books have made it to the shortlist – from the 154 nominated by libraries around the world. And as usual, I have not read any of them. And I was a little surprised that I hadn’t heard of quite a few before (I’ve marked those in red).

City of Bohane – Kevin Barry
The Map and the Territory – Michel Houllebecq
Pure – Andrew Miller
1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3 –  Haruki Murakami
The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
The Tragedy of Arthur – Arthur Phillips
Swamplandia!! – Karen Russell
From the Mouth of the Whale – Sjón
The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I am –  Kjersti A. Skomsvold
Caesarion – Tommy Wieringa

For more information, see the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Just in case you (like me) cannot resist lists, here’s the full longlist! Yeah it’s a lot of books (quite a few translated works), but many of them will be making their way onto my TBR list!

Last Man in Tower – Aravind Adiga
The Keeper of Lost Causes Translated from Danish – Lisa Hartford Jussi Adler-Olsen
What the Family Needed – Steven Amsterdam
Bountiful Famine – Sheg Aranmolate
Dirty Feet Translated from French by Lazer Lederhendler Edem Awumey
Tell It to the Trees – Anita Rau Badami
The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
City of Bohane – Kevin Barry
On Canaan’s Side – Sebastian Barry
The Sly Company of People Who Care – Rahul Bhattacharya
Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch
Beggar’s Feast – Randy Boyagoda
When the Killing’s Done – T. C. Boyle
The Absolutist – John Boyne
The Cocaine Salesman Translated from Dutch by Jonathan Reeder Conny Braam
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine Translated from German by Tim Mohr Alina Bronsky
Estuary – Sam Bunny
The Dulang Washer – Paul Callan
The Potter’s Field Translated from Italian by Stephen Sartarelli Andrea Camilleri
Temporary Perfections Translated from Italian by Antony Shugaar Gianrico Carofiglio
Spirit of Progress – Steven Carroll
Awakened P.C. – Kristin Cast
My Two Worlds Translated from Spanish by Margaret B. Carson Sergio Chejfec
Wulf – Hamish Clayton
The Grief of Others – Leah Hager Cohen
Red on Red – Edward Conlon
Julia Translated from Dutch by Ina Rilke Otto de Kat
The Book of Doubt Translated from Dutch by Brian Doyle Tessa de Loo
Underground Time Translated from French by George Miller Delphine de Vigan
The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Time In Between Translated from Spanish by Daniel Hahn María Dueñas
Lightning Translated from French by Linda Coverdale Jean Echenoz
The Prague Cemetery Translated from Italian by Richard Dixon Umberto Eco
Half-Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan
A Cupboard Full of Coats – Yvvette Edwards
Against Art Translated from Norwegian by James Anderson Tomas Espedal
The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
Assumption – Percival Everett
Waiting for Robert Capa Translated from Spanish by Adriana V. López Susana Fortes
All That I Am – Anna Funder
Kafka’s Friend Translated from Croatian by Nina H. Kay-Antoljak Miro Gavran
The Dinosaur Feather Translated from Danish by Charlotte Barslund Sissel-Jo Gazan
River of Smoke – Amitav Ghosh
Say Her Name – Francisco Goldman
Sarah Thornhill – Kate Grenville
Ed King – David Guterson
Our Lady of Alice – Bhatti Mohammed Hanif
The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach
Remember Ben Clayton – Stephen Harrigan
Gillespie and I – Jane Harris
Into the Darkest Corner – Elizabeth Haynes
Long Time, No See – Dermot Healy
Ten Thousand Saints – Eleanor Henderson
Alice Translated from German by Margot Bettauer Dembo Judith Hermann
Cold Eye of Heaven – Christine Dwyer Hickey
The Thread – Victoria Hislop
The Dovekeepers Alice Hoffman
The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst
The Map and the Territory Translated from French by Gavin Bowd Michel Houellebecq
The Reinvention of Love – Helen Humphreys
The Summer Without Men – Siri Hustvedt
Child Wonder Translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw Roy Jacobsen
Death Comes to Pemberley – P.D. James
The Lightning Field – Heather Jessup
Hell Is Empty – Craig Johnson
A World Elsewhere – Wayne Johnston
Five Bells – Gail Jones
Silver Sparrow – Tayari Jones
When She Woke – Hillary Jordan
Dagny or a Love Feast – Zurab Karumidze
Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman
The Hypnotist Translated from Swedish by Ann Long Lars Kepler
11/22/63 – Stephen King
The Sojourn – Andrew Krivak
The Return Translated from French by David Homel Dany Laferrière
The Dewey Decimal System –  Nathan Larson
Hut of Fallen Persimmons Translated from Portuguese by Sarah Green Adriana Lisboa
How It All Began – Penelope Lively
A Man of Parts – David Lodge
A Possible Madness – Frank Macdonald
The Borrower – Rebecca Makkai
The Larnachs – Owen Marshall
The Girl in the Blue Beret – Bobbie Ann Mason
Anatomy of a Disappearance – Hisham Matar
Twice Born Translated from Italian by Ann Gagliardi Margaret Mazzantini
The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
To Be Sung Underwater – Tom McNeal
Foal’s Bread – Gillian Mears
Snowdrops – A.D. Miller
Pure – Andrew Miller
Autumn Laing – Alex Miller
A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In  – Magnus Mills
The Mark Translated from Macedonian by Milan Damjanovski Blazhe Minevski
Cold Light – Frank Moorhouse
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
Rangatira – Paula Morris
Tyrant Memory Translated from Spanish by Katherine Silver Horacio Castellanos Moya
1Q84 (Books 1,2 & 3) Translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel Haruki Murakami
Accabadora Translated from Italian by Silvester Mazzarella Michela Murgia
The Town That Drowned – Riel Nason
Niko – Dimitri Nasrallah
The Second Coming – John Niven
Duke Rozlan – Mohd Noor
The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht
Emily, Alone – Stewart O’Nan
The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje
The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
Damned – Chuck Palahniuk
The Map of Time Translated from Spanish by Nick Caistor Félix J. Palma
Past the Shallows – Favel Parrett
State of Wonder – Ann Patchett
Part of the Solution Translated from German by Martin Chalmers Ulrich Peltzer
The Invisible Ones – Stef Penney
The Street Sweeper – Elliot Perlman
The Tragedy of Arthur – Arthur Phillips
Funeral for a Dog Translated from German by Ross Benjamin Thomas Pletzinger
The Conductor – Sarah Quigley
Half of the Human Race – Anthony Quinn
Splithead Translated from German by Tess Lewis Julya Rabinowich
Incidents in the Life of Markus – Paul David Adams Richards
Easy to Like – Edward Riche
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
The Goat Woman of Largo Bay – Gillian Royes
Doc – Mary Doria Russell
Swamplandia! – Karen Russell
Adam and Evelyn Translated from German by John E. Woods Ingo Schulze
The Emperor of Lies Translated from Swedish by Sarah Death Steve Sem-Sandberg
Dancing Lessons – Olive Senior
13, rue Thérèse – Elena Mauli Shapiro
Please Look After Mom Translated from Korean by Chi-Young Kim Kyung-sook Shin
Portrait of a Spy – Daniel Silva
The Iron Fence – Neluka Silva
From the Mouth of the Whale Translated from Icelandic by Victoria Cribb Sjón
The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am Translated from Norwegian by Kerri A. Pierce Kjersti A. Skomsvold
Everybody’s Right Translated from Italian by Antony Shugaar Paolo Sorrentino
Wish You Were Here – Graham Swift
Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn Gonçalo M. Tavares
We the Animals – Justin Torres
The Truth about Marie Translated from French by Matthew B. Smith Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Rules of Civility – Amor Towles
A Good Man – Guy Vanderhaeghe
Caribou Island – David Vann
The Submission – Amy Waldman
Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward
double talk – Patrick Warner
Before I Go to Sleep – S.J. Watson
Bed – David Whitehouse
Caesarion Translated from Dutch by Sam Garrett Tommy Wieringa
When God was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman
My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You – Louisa Young
Touch – Alexi Zentner
The Warsaw Anagrams – Richard Zimler
The Five Wonders of the Danube Translated from Serbian by Alice Copple-Tosic Zoran Živković


  1. I adore a good book list, thanks! Swamplandia, IQ84 and The Buddha in the Attic are the only ones on the short list that I’ve read. I enjoyed all three of them 😉


  2. That is really a looooooooooooooong List! I read a few from IMPAC and I thought they were quite good. Out of your reds, I read Pure. Unusual but a little boring I would say. Happy to see Murakami in there too! 🙂


      1. Here they do Book 1 and 2 together, and Book 3 separately. Don’t worry, with Murakami, it’s a breeze. You will get through in no time! 🙂


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