Enright, Yanagihara, Seethaler on Dublin Literary Award shortlist

Enright, Yanagihara, Seethaler on Dublin Literary Award shortlist

Irish Laureate for Fiction Anne Enright is shortlisted for the €100,000 (£84,932.00) International Dublin Literary Award, alongside authors from 10 other countries including Angola, Mozambique and Nigeria.

Enright's Man Booker Prize longlisted The Green Road (Jonathan Cape), a "moving family drama", is among the titles on the award's shortlist which consists of titles that were nominated by public libraries in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Sweden and the USA.

Also shortlisted for the award is Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Picador), which has been chosen for the prize alongside A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler, translated from German by Charlotte Collins and also published by Picador.

Harvill Secker, Granta and Atlantic Books also have two books on the shortlist, with A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa, translated by Daniel Hahn and Confession of the Lioness by Mia Couto, translated from Portuguese by David Brookshaw from Harvill Secker, and The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine, translated by Martin Aitken, and Viet Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sympathizer from Atlantic. From Granta Books is The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli, translated by Margaret Christina MacSweeney, and Under the Udala Trees by Nigerian author Chinelo Okparanta.

Rounding out the shortlist is A Strangeness in My Mind by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, translated by Ekin Oklap and published by Faber & Faber.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Brendan Carr, patron of the award, said: "This is the beauty of this award; it reaches out to readers and authors worldwide, while also celebrating excellence in contemporary Irish literature represented on the 2017 shortlist by our laureate for Irish Fiction, Anne Enright."

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, added: "Issues of conflict and communication are set against a myriad of cultural and family settings and in contemporary and historic time periods. For readers, these stories add new and absorbing characters to our circle of international literary acquaintances."

Books are nominated for the award by invited public libraries in cities throughout the world.

The prize of €100,000 is awarded to the author of the winning book. However, if the winning book is in English translation, €75,000 is awarded to the author and €25,000 to the translator.

The winner of the prize will be announced on Wednesday 21st June.