Women, Small Presses Dominate Man Booker International Prize Longlist

Women, Small Presses Dominate Man Booker International Prize Longlist

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Founded in 2016, The Man Booker International Prize exists to spread fiction in translation to worldwide audience. The Man Booker Prize itself, established several decades earlier in 1969, “guarantees a worldwide readership” and an enormous spike in book sales; the international version aims to offer the same visibility to an international author whose work may otherwise remain lodged behind the language barrier—tragically inaccessible to the general populace. The Man Booker International Prize aims to change that.     Given the nature of the award, its winners are inherently diverse: drawn from throughout the world and writing in languages that may be …

Taiwanese Novel ‘The Stolen Bicycle’ Marked as China’s by The Man Booker Prize 2018

Taiwanese Novel ‘The Stolen Bicycle’ Marked as China’s by The Man Booker Prize 2018

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  Something big lies behind something small; a name can speak for a whole island.   As a history-embroidered island, Taiwan has been oppressed by the Chinese government for a long time: from United Nations, Olympic games, to any international events, the nationality of this beautiful island is always forced to be “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei” instead of its real and solid name-Taiwan.   Again, the same thing happened this March when Taiwanese novel The Stolen Bicycle 單車失竊記 written by Professor Wu Ming-Yi 吳明益 was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize. While literature-lovers celebrated the first Taiwanese novel to be Man Booker-nominated, the organization, without warning, changed the …