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Booker International Longlist 2020

MBI 2020

Welcome to the craziness that is Booker International Prize time.

The most important question I have to ask is…are there any list loving people out there who want to join me in a mad attempt to read and review these books?

Honestly I will probably only read the books that make the short list but hey it’s not the winning it’s the taking part that counts. Right?

  • Red Dog by Willem Anker (Afrikaans – South Africa), translated by Michiel Heyns
  • The Enlightenment of The Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Farsi – Iran), with an anonymous translator
  • The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (Spanish – Argentina), translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh
  • The Other Name: Septology I – II by Jon Fosse (Norwegian – Norway), translated by Damion Searls
  • The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili (German – Georgia), translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin
  • Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq (French – France), translated by Shaun Whiteside
  • Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann (German – Germany), translated by Ross Benjamin
  • Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor (Spanish – Mexico), translated by Sophie Hughes
  • The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (Japanese – Japan), translated by Stephen Snyder
  • Faces on the Tip of My Tongue by Emmanuelle Pagano (French – France), translated by Sophie Lewis and Jennifer Higgins
  • Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin (Spanish – Argentina), translated by Megan McDowell
  • The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (Dutch – Netherlands), translated by Michele Hutchison
  • Mac and His Problem by Enrique Vila-Matas (Spanish – Spain), translated by Margaret Jull Costa and Sophie Hughes


Full details of the books and judges can be found here

Anyone read any of these? Which appeals to you most? Favourite cover?

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. I have not read any of these books. The Memory Police appeals to me most. I would love to read the shortlist. I probably will not be able to read them all before the winner is announced. I do wish they would give more time between shortlist announcement and winner announcement.

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    February 27, 2020
    • Book Worm #

      I know what you mean there is such a tight deadline between longlist and shortlist and then shortlist and winner


      March 11, 2020
  2. I read The eight life, and I loved it!!! Totally recomended!! and Samanta Schweblin is also great, but I haven´t read Little Eyes.


    February 27, 2020
  3. I’ve read two, The Memory Police and The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree both of which I enjoyed. I’m a fan of Yoko Ogawa’s writing and her range always surprises me, a thought provoking read as I’d expect.
    Azar’s novel I just finished and loved it for introducing me to a unique culture of storytelling, it’s one you have to stay with when it departs into the imagination, but is worth the effort I believe.
    I have one other on my shelf I’ll certainly give a go, otherwise I’ll probably only read what appeals from the summary.
    Good luck reading the shortlist.

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    February 27, 2020
  4. I was part of the shadow panel last year and another time earlier. But it’s too much commitment to do it every year for me. I’m actually glad I didn’t commit this year. There’s no way I would have time to read all of them, when you see the size of The Eighth Life. Also, I have no desire to read Serotonin, nor Samanta Schweblin. I hated the book by her on last year longlist.
    Good luck!
    I have read and really enjoyed The Memory Police:
    And I’m curious to discover Emmanuelle Pagano.
    I may try Kehlmann again, though I was disappointed by F, longlisted for this award some years back

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    February 27, 2020
  5. I look forward to reading forthcoming reviews. I haven’t read any of the Longlist. Might manage something on the short list when it appears.

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    February 28, 2020
  6. A P.S. I’ve just read a review of the French novel : Faces on the Tip of my Tongue – that’s a book I’d love to read.

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    February 28, 2020
  7. rosiecooke #

    I absolutely love all your reviews and reviewers. I ”do” all the Booker books each year from long list to short-rarely pick the winner! The problem is I have to buy them all now and as mostly in hard back it is costly. I use my library but with reduced finances they never have any from International until after winner announced .Its same with other Booker. Realistically not many people can afford to buy the whole list. If you can give Booker feed back can we have longer too between long and short list and wait until in paper back. Continue the good work!

    Rosie Cooke

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10


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    March 8, 2020
    • Book Worm #

      Thanks Rosie glad you enjoy our reviews. We are luck to be able to spread the reading between 4 of us this year which means no-one has to buy the entire longlist unless they wish to. I agree the tight deadlines do make reading everything in time challenging


      March 11, 2020

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