Pulitzer Prize winner A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A Knopf) is among the titles shortlisted for the world's most valuable annual literary award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
The shortlist for the €100,000, the most valuable award for a single work of fiction published in English, was announced in Dublin today, with A Visit from the Goon Squad lining up alongside works by British authors, Landed by Tim Pears (William Heinemann) and Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor (Bloomsbury).
A second Bloomsbury title also makes the shortlist, The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna, alongside Rocks in the Belly by Jon Bauer (Scribe), The Matter with Morris by David Bergen (HarperCollins, Canada), Matterhorn by Karl Malantes (Atlantic Monthly Press), Limassol by Yishai Sarid (Europa Editions), The Eternal Son by Cristovao Tezza (Scribe), and Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin (Faber).
The award is awarded annually with the objective of promoting excellence in world literature, and is open to novels written in any language and by authors of any nationality, provided the work has been published in English or English translation within the year.
The prize is managed by Dublin City Libraries, and Lord Mayor Cllr Andrew Montague, who made the announcement in Dublin, said: "This is a shortlist of high quality literature that includes two first novel and two novels in translation that readers might not otherwise get the opportunity to read. These ten novels have been shortlisted from a total of 147, nominated by 162 public library systems in 45 countries worldwide and represent the best of readers."