Yesterday, they announced the winners of the first Man Booker International Prize for a single work fiction translated into English to The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith. For those of you who do not know, the prize of $72,000 is split equally between the author and the translator. It wasn’t a great surprise that Kang walked away with this prize, being a favorite among the shadow jury of the award, and in many reading circles. Now that manbookering is officially over for a few months before the long-list is released for the original award, let’s see how I did with the list.
- Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan — finished 3 stars
- The Four Books by Yan Lianke — finished 4 stars
- A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk — currently reading
- The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante — been on loan forever to start the first book in the series
- The Vegetarian by Han Kang — finished 2.5 stars
- Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila — finished 2 stars
- Death by Water by Kenzaburō Ōe – waiting to read more of his collection of works
- Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal — finished 4 stars
- Ladivine by Marie NDiaye — in my possession, reading this week
- A Cup of Rage by Raduan Nassar* — finished 2 stars
- A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler* — unavailable in the US currently
- White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen* — finished 4 stars
- A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualusa* — sitting on my bookshelf
I’m going to say – 8 out of 12* really isn’t that bad. I also can’t help that I don’t live in the UK.
Until Next Time World…