The longlist for the 2011 IMPAC Dublin prize was announced on November 15, 2010. I like this prize for the diversity of books on its lists. It also does not hurt that they announce the titles on their longlist. I often peruse the lists from previous years when I’m looking for new-to-me books, especially translated fiction.
The longlist includes the following seven books by African authors:
- Summertime by J.M. Coetzee: A fictionalized biography of the author’s alter ego
- Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou: I read and loved this book.
- Black Diamond by Zakes Mda: I read Mda’s Ways of Dying years ago. I’ve been meaning to read more books by this prolific South African author.
- A Man Who is Not a Man by Thando Mgqolozana: A South African story about a botched traditional male circumcision.
- Sunset Oasis by Bahaa Taher: From Egypt, it won the inaugural International Prize for Arabic Fiction
- On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe: This book is already on my African Fiction #1 reading list. I really have to read it now.
- In the United States of Africa by Abdourahman Waberi: From Djibouti. War rages in North America, Africa is at peace but xenophobia is common. Sounds interesting.
The entire 2011 longlist is here and it is quite impressive. There are a lot of good books in contention. And quite a number that I’ve been meaning to read as well. I might have to put together a reading list that is culled from this 162-book longlist. Of course, with all that I have to read, I doubt I would make much progress before the shortlist is announced.
The short list will be announced on April 12, 2011. Lisa of ANZ LitLovers LitBlog has compiled a list of nominated books from Australia and New Zealand. Do check it out as well.