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Booker International Shortlist 2023: Boulder by Eva Baltasar


Boulder by Eva Baltasar

Will the judges be bowled over by this one or will it leave them stony faced?


Why it Could Win:. The writing is beautiful and the story really flowed. Boulder was a great character and I enjoyed spending time in her head watching as her relationships change and develop.

Why it Might Not Win:  It is rather short.


Why it Could Win: Boulder is such a strong character! I may not have loved everything about this novella, but it has stayed with me way beyond the 112 pages I spent with it. Which seems quite fitting, really.

Why it Might Not Win:  I know the author is a poet, but sadly I found the writing/translation just a little Too Much, a little overwritten, to the point that it was a distraction


Why it Could Win: The writing is good, it’s timely and it is a quick read.

Why it Might Not Win:  The trope of SPOILER ALERT: one partner leaving because they’re unprepared for commitment is tired, even if it’s same sex.

What do you think is this the winner?

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