Girl power! Women have dominated the Man Booker International Shortlist, with five female authors and an all-female cast of translators up for the £50,000 prize. According to this article from the Guardian have never so many women shortlisted before, with the prestigious award in fiction having underrepresented women in the past but has never had some many women shortlisted before. Women authors have been systematically underrepresented in translation before but the chief judges of this latest gathering claim the dominance of women was merely a ‘happy coincidence’ and ‘not political.’
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The women up for nomination include Olga Tokarczuk who is up for the prize again for her novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, French author Annie Ernaux is nominated for her autobiographical narrative The Years, Marion Poschmann for her novel The Pine Islands, Alia Trabucco Zerán is nominated for her debut The Remainder, and Omani author Jokha Alharthi for her book Celestial Bodies. This is an extraordinary set of notations and we hope these women get the awards they deserve!
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