Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead, the English translation of Olga Tokarczuk's novel by a Transatlantic Prize winner Antonia Lloyd-Jones, has made it onto the longlist of books nominated for this year's Man Booker International Prize. Last year, Olga Tokarczuk won this prestigious award for her novel Bieguni (“Flights”), translated by Jennifer Croft, which was published thanks to the support of the Book Institute within the ©Poland Translation Programme.
A panel of five judges, chaired by Bettany Hughes, a British author and journalist, nominated thirteen entries. Below you can find the complete longlist:
- Celestial Bodies, Jokha Alharthi (Oman), translated by Marilyn Booth (Sandstone Press)
- Love in the New Millennium, Can Xue (China), translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen (Yale University Press)
- The Years, Annie Ernaux (France), translated by Alison Strayer (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- At Dusk, Hwang Sok-yong (Sount Korea), translated by Sora Kim-Russell (Scribe)
- Jokes for the Gunmen, Mazen Maarouf (Iceland/Palestine), translated by Jonathan Wright (Granta)
- Four Soldiers, Hubert Mingarelli (France), translated by Sam Taylor (Granta)
- The Pine Islands, Marion Poschmann (Germany), translated by Jen Calleja (Serpent’s Tail)
- Mouthful of Birds, Samanta Schweblin (Argentine/Italy), translated by Megan McDowell (Oneworld)
- The Faculty of Dreams, Sara Stridsberg (Szwecja), przeł. Deborah Bragan-Turner (Quercus)
- Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- The Shape of the Ruins, Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), translated by Anne McLean (MacLehose Press)
- The Death of Murat Idrissi, Tommy Wieringa (Netherlands), translated by Sam Garrett (Scribe)
- The Remainder, Alia Trabucco Zerán (Chile/Italy), translated by Sophie Hughes (And Other Stories)
The shortlist of six books will be announced on 9th April, and the winner of the 2019 prize will be announced on 21st May. The prize is £50,000 and is divided between the translator and the author of the awarded work.