Olga Tokarczuk on the shortlist of nominees for the International Dublin Literary Award

Ten novels have been shortlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award, including Olga Tokarczuk's book Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

Books nominated for the award:          

  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (British). Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd.
  • Milkman by Anna Burns (Irish). Published by Faber & Faber and Graywolf Press.
  • Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (Iranian-French). Translated from the French by Tina Kover. Published by Europa Editions.
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canadian). Published by Serpents Tail Ltd., HarperCollins Canada and Alfred A. Knopf.
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (American). Published by Algonquin Books.
  • History of Violence by Édouard Louis (French). Translated from the French by Lorin Stein. Published by Harvill Secker.
  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (American). Published by Virago Press Ltd.
  • There There by Tommy Orange (Native American). Published by Harvill Secker, Alfred A. Knopf and McClelland & Stewart Inc.
  • All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy (Indian). Published by MacLehose Press and Atria Books.
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (Polish). Translated by from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.

The winner will be announced on Thursday October 22nd during the International Literature Festival Dublin.

Celebrating 25 years, this award is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English. The award is worth €100,000. If the book has been translated, the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000.

The novels on this year's shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Poland, the UK, and the USA.

All the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public libraries and from public libraries around Ireland.