The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is well known for its independent spirit and for the fact that it is one of the richest (€100,000) English language book awards. A closer look at this year’s shortlist confirms that the tradition of IMPAC to give the award to first time novelist or authors whose work is controversial will be upheld. This year’s shortlist features two first time authors: Vietnam war veteran Karl Marlantes for his book Matterhorn and Australian author JonBauer’s for his Rocks in the Belly. There are also two books that came to English market via translators: Lismol by Israeli author Yishai Saridand The Eternal Son from Brazilian writer Cristovão Tezza. The most controversial nomination is of course 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner A Visit from the Goon Squadby Jennifer Egan, the book that continues to divide both critics and readers and that has been described by some as the most overrated American novel of the last 12 months. If you’ve read it be sure to tell us what you thought . And if you are feeling a little adventurous and looking for something new and different to read, check out what the critics and members thought of books on the shortlist!
The Matter with Morris by David Bergen (Canadian). A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (American) The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Born in Britain, raised in Sierra Leone) Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor (British) Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (American) Landed by Tim Pears (British) Limassol by Yishai Sarid (Israeli) The Eternal Son by Cristovão Tezza (Brazilian) Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin (American)