Monday, November 15, 2010

the longlist to end all longlists: The Dublin IMPAC award for 2011

Here it is, in all its lengthy glory from this website; tomorrow I'll comb through it in some more detail to see what I actually want to read.

Milena Agus   The House in Via Manno translated by Brigid Maher
Niccolo Ammaniti   As God Commands translated by Jonathan Hunt
Kalinda Ashton   The Danger Game
Margaret Atwood   The Year of the Flood
Paul Auster   Invisible
Paolo Bacigalupi   The Windup Girl
Vladislav Bajac   Hamam Balkania translated by Randall A. Major
Tiffany Baker   The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
Nicholson Baker   The Anthologist
Ferenc Barnas   The Ninth translated by Paul Olchváry
Mark Behr   Kings of the Water
Gioconda Belli   Infinity in the Palm of her Hand translated by Margaret Sayers Peden
Maissa Bey   Above All, Don't Look Back translated by Senja L. Djelouah
Mikkel Birkegaard   The Library of Shadows translated by Tiina Nunnally
Marie-Claire Blais   Rebecca, Born in the Maelstrom translated by Nigel Spencer
Giles Blunt   Breaking Lorca
William Boyd   Ordinary Thunderstorms
T.C. Boyle   The Women
Anita Brookner   Strangers
Dan Brown   The Lost Symbol
Diana Fitzgerald Bryden   No Place Strange
A.S.Byatt   The Children's Book
Peter Carey   Parrot and Olivier in America
Massimo Carlotto & Marco Videtta   Poisonville translated by Antony Shugaar
Nick Cave   The Death of Bunny Munro
Dan Chaon   Await Your Reply
Tracy Chevalier   Remarkable Creatures
Hélène Cixous   Hyperdream translated by Beverley Bie Brahic
Philippe Claudel  
Brodeck's Report translated by John Cullen
Ann Cleeves   Red Bones
J.M. Coetzee   Summertime
Michael Crummey   Galore
Ron Currie Jr.   Everything Matters!
Maurice G. Dantec  
Grand Junction translated by Tina A. Kover
Rana Dasgupta   Solo
Pete Dexter   Spooner
E.L. Doctorow
Homer and Langley
Glen Duncan   A Day and a Night and a Day
Jean Echenoz   Running translated by Linda Coverdale
Kim Echlin   The Disappeared
Dave Eggers  
Ilsa Evans   The Family Tree
Roopa Farooki   The Way Things Look to Me
Fiona Farrell   Limestone
Sebastian Faulks   A Week in December
Laurence Fearnley   Mother's Day
Adam Foulds   The Quickening Maze
Julia Franck   The Blind Side of the Heart translated by Anthea Bell
Patrick Gale   The Whole Day Through
Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza   Alone in the Crowd translated by Benjamin Moser
Jane Gardam   The Man in the Wooden Hat
Maurice Gee   Access Road
Paolo Giordano   The Solitude of Prime Numbers translated by Shaun Whiteside
Glen David Gold   Sunnyside
Hiromi Goto   Half World
Jessica Grant   Come, Thou Tortoise
Wolf Haas   The Weather Fifteen Years Ago translated by Stephanie Gilardi and Thomas S. Hansen
Marion Halligan   Valley of Grace
Marié Heese   The Double Crown; Secret Writings of the Female Pharaoh
Nicole Helget   The Turtle Catcher
Nick Hornby   Juliet, Naked
Michelle Huneven   Blame
Ameena Hussein  
M.J. Hyland   This is How
John Irving   Last Night in Twisted River
Tahar Ben Jelloun   Leaving Tangier translated by Linda Coverdale
Paulette Jiles   The Color of Lightning
Laleh Khadivi   The Age of Orphans
Khoo Kheng-Hor   Sifu: An Unusual Teacher in the Turbulence of the Malayan War
Rachael King   Magpie Hall
Barbara Kingsolver   The Lacuna
Ayse Kulin   Farewell: A Mansion in Occupied Istanbul tattranslated by Kenneth J. Dakan
Reif Larsen   The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet
Norman Lebrecht   The Game of Opposites
Siegfried Lenz   A Minute's Silence translated by Anthea Bell
Jonathan Lethem  
Yiyun Li   The Vagrants
Jim Lynch   Border Songs
Annabel Lyon  
Alain Mabanckou  
Broken Glass translated by Helen Stevenson
Linden MacIntyre   The Bishop's Man
David Malouf   Ransom
Hilary Mantel   Wolf Hall
Javier Marías  
Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow and Farewell translated by Margaret Jull Costs
Simon Mawer   The Glass Room
Colum McCann   Let the Great World Spin
Liam McIlvanney   All the Colours of the Town
Zakes Mda   Black Diamond
Patricia Melo   Lost World translated by Clifford Landers
Philipp Meyer   American Rust
Thando Mgqolozana   A Man Who is Not a Man
Anne Michaels   The Winter Vault
China Miéville   The City And the City
Alex Miller  
Wu Ming   Manituana translated by Shaun Whiteside
Shandi Mitchell   Under this Unbroken Sky
Lisa Moore   February
Lorrie Moore   A Gate at the Stairs
C.E. Morgan   All the Living
Marcel Moring   In a Dark Wood
Kate Mosse   The Winter Ghosts
Peter Murphy   John the Revelator
H.M. Naqvi   Home Boy
David Nicholls   One Day
Audrey Niffenegger   Her Fearful Symmetry
Elizabeth Nunez   Anna In-Between
Joyce Carol Oates   Little Bird of Heaven
Vida Ognjenovic   Adulterers translated by Jelena Bankovic / Nicholas Moravcevich
Kristina Olsson
  The China Garden
Amos Oz   Rhyming Life and Death translated by Nicholas De Lange
Orhan Pamuk   The Museum of Innocence translated by Maureen Freely
Jacques Pauw   Little Ice Cream Boy
Eva Petric   They All Ate Sushi
Caryl Phillips   In the Falling Snow
Jayne Anne Phillips   Lark & Termite
Claudia Pineiro   Thursday Night Widows translated by Miranda France
Kate Pullinger   The Mistress of Nothing
Anthony Quinn   The Rescue Man
Kim Stanley Robinson   Galileo's Dream
Santiago Roncaglio   Red April translated by Edith Grossman
Jane Rusbridge   The Devil's Music
Suhayl Saadi   Joseph's Box
Maryam Sachs   Without Saying Goodbye translated by Sara Sugihara
Gill Schierhout  
Raphael Selbourne   Beauty
Erick Setiawan   Of Bees and Mist
Kamila Shamsie   Burnt Shadows
Laurie Sheck   A Monster's Notes
Daniel Silva   The Defector
Craig Silvey   Jasper Jones
Colleen Smith-Dennis   Inner-City Girl
Kathryn Stockett   The Help
Mari Strachan   The Earth Hums in B Flat
Bahaa Taher   Sunset Oasis translated by Humphrey T. Davies
Boston Teran   Giv: The Story of a Dog and America
Colm Toibín   Brooklyn
Jean-Philippe Toussaint   Running Away translated by Matthew B. Smith
William Trevor   Love and Summer
Thomas Trofimuk   Waiting for Columbus
Dubravka Ugresic   Baba Yaga Laid an Egg translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac et al
Chika Unigwe   On Black Sisters' Street translated by H. Van Riemsdijk
Srdjan Valjarevic   Lake Como translated by Allice Copple Tosic
Abraham Verghese   Cutting for Stone
Esther Verhoef   Close-Up translated by Paul Vincent
Dimitri Verhulst   Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill translated by David Colmer
Pinki Virani   Deaf Heaven
Jorge Volpi   Season of Ash translated by Alfred J. MacAdam
Abdourahman Waberi   In the United States of Africa translated by David and Nicole Ball
Kate Walbert   A Short History of Women
Jeannette Walls   Half- Broke Horses
Pieter Waterdrinker   The German Wedding translated by Brian Doyle
Sarah Waters   The Little Stranger
Colson Whitehead   Sag Harbor
Tommy Wieringa   Joe Speedboat translated by Sam Garrett
Manuka Wijesinghe   Theravada Man
Damien Wilkins   Somebody Loves Us All
Alison Wong   As the Earth Turns Silver
Evie Wyld   After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice
Michael Zadoorian   The Leisure Seeker
Carlos Ruiz Zafon   The Angel's Game translated by Lucia Graves


  1. Wow! That is one long list that I'm not going to attempt to complete! I have read quite a few of the books on the list already. My favourites from that list are The Glass Room and The City and the City. I look forward to seeing which ones you choose.

  2. I loved The Glass Room! Had it won the Booker last year rather than Wolf Hall, it wouldn't have upset me in the least.

    I don't get The Lost Symbol stuck in with really good literature, though!

  3. Of this incredibly long longlist, I've read 14. Of those, my favorite is The Glass Room, although I really enjoyed Thursday Night Widows as well.

    Picking what I'll read from this list (based on the fact that I own them already!):

    Invisible (Auster)
    Library of Shadows (Birkegaard)
    Brodeck (Claudel)
    Red April (Roncaglio)
    Burnt Shadows (Shamsie)
    Waiting for Columbus (Trofimuk)

    I think that's enough for now.

  4. Gosh, I've only read one, The Leisure Seeker (Michael Zaoodorian), which I loved, loved, loved. Better start cracking on the rest of the list!

  5. Thanks for commenting. I hadn't heard of The Leisure Seekers, so I'm going to look it up. Yes, you'd better get going! I highly recommend The Glass Room.


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