Man Booker International Prize 2019 Shadow Panel shortlist

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Man Booker International Prize 2019 Shadow Panel shortlist

This year, our Shadow Panel counts 11 judges. Everyone worked really hard and most judges read most of the 13 books featured on the longlist.
Here is the shortlist our Shadow Panel came up with:

2019 shortlists

As you can see, our Shadow Panel shortlist has 5 books in common with the official shortlist – just as mine also had 5 in common with the official list, but with a different 6th title.

This is all pretty similar.
This is probably due to the fact that the longlist was rather weak this year, without too many outstanding titles.
And as most the books were very fairly short, our team of judges managed to read a lot. I’m amazed I personally managed to read 12, in so few weeks.
“Every book was read by at least 8 judges, and most by at least ten (Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead was the only one with everyone’s score).

What next?
Our winner will be announced on May 21, a few hours before the official winner is announced.
NB: the book I would pick as the winner is on the official shortlist and the Shadow Panel shortlist!

If you want more details, come this way to read our chairman’s post.



Book review: Valerie


by Sara Stridsberg
Translated from the Swedish by
Deborah Bragan-Turner
MacLehose Press
Originally published as Drömfakulteten
in 2006
Genre: Fiction
352 pages


Tomorrow April 18, I’ll post here the shortlist our Shadow Panel came up with for the Man Booker International 2019.
I was part of this adventure four years ago, but at the time I DNFed a lot of the books longlisted.
This time, I managed to read 12 out of the 13 books. And to be a better judge, I refrained from DNFing the three books I found quite bad, including Valerie (US title) or The Faculty of Dreams (UK title), one that I found absolutely horrible.
On a regular basis, I would never finish such a book, and certainly not bother taking time to present it on my blog, but as it’s part of this adventure, I feel I have to.
Another unusual feat for me is also that I presented to you these 12 books in good time.

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Book review: Celestial Bodies

Celestial Bodies

Celestial Bodies
by Jokha Alharthi
Translated from the Arabic/Omani by
Marilyn Booth
Sandstone Press
Originally published as
in 2010
Genre: Literary Fiction
243 pages


One asset of the Man Booker International 2019 longlist was to have us travel to lots of different places. I would bet that many of you have never read a book about Oman. I had not either, before Celestial Bodies, even though my traveling through books has been quite diversified.

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