Is­raelis short­listed for £50,000 prize

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

TWO OF Is­rael’s fore­most nov­el­ists have been short­listed for the £50,000 Man Booker In­ter­na­tional Prize.

A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Gross­man and Ju­das by Amos Oz are among six nov­els vy­ing for the prize, awarded to the best trans­lated work of fic­tion each year.

The oth­ers are Com­pass by French au­thor Mathias Enard, Nor­we­gian nov­el­ist Roy Ja­cob­sen’s The Un­seen, Dorthe Nors’ Dan­ish novel Mir­ror, Shoul­der, Sig­nal and Fever Dream by Ar­gen­tinian au­thor Sa­manta Sch­we­blin.

A Horse Walks Into a Bar, trans­lated by Jessica Co­hen, is an ex­plo­ration of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a per­former and his au­di­ence within a tale of an of­fen­sive co­me­dian in Ne­tanya fall­ing apart on stage.

Ju­das, writ­ten by for­mer Man Booker fi­nal­ist Oz and trans­lated by Ni­cholas de Lange, is a com­ing-of-age story about a young Is­raeli re­searcher liv­ing in 1950s Jerusalem.

Nick Bar­ley, chair­man of the 2017 Man Booker In­ter­na­tional Prize judg­ing panel, said: “Our short­list spans the epic and the ev­ery­day. From fevered dreams to sleep­less nights, from re­mote is­lands to over­whelm­ing cities, th­ese won­der­ful nov­els shine a light on com­pelling in­di­vid­u­als strug­gling to make sense of their place in a com­plex world.”

The win­ner will be an­nounced on June 14 at a cer­e­mony at the Victoria & Al­bert Mu­seum in Lon­don.

The £50,000 prize will be di­vided equally be­tween the au­thor and the trans­la­tor of the win­ning en­try.

Con­tenders: David Gross­man

and Amos Oz



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