The Man Booker International Prize is one of the most renowned literary prizes given to the fiction books that are published in the UK. It is mostly known as the Booker Prize. The shortlist of this year's the Booker Prize has recently been announced. There are six books competing for the Prize. It will be a fierce competitive when we consider the strength of each book. Here is the list:
1) A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker), José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola), Daniel Hahn (UK)
2) The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions), Elena Ferrante (Italy), Ann Goldstein (USA)
3) The Vegetarian (Portobello Books), Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith (UK)
4) A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber), Orhan Pamuk (Turkey), Ekin Oklap (Turkey)
5) A Whole Life (Picador), Robert Seethaler (Austria), Charlotte Collins (UK)
6) The Four Books (Chatto & Windus), Yan Lianke (China), Carlos Rojas (USA)
I read only two books in this list. One of them is Orhan Pamuk's book. Fortunately, I read it in Turkish. Pamuk's last book is a well-researched and much-thought book in terms of the development of characters, but from time to time the reader loses concentration, the thick descriptions are sometimes irrelevant both to the story and the characters. The book's literate success in terms of international excellency is debatable. I also read "The Story of the Lost Child", or better to give its original name: "Storia della bambina perduta". Even if I need to read the other four books, Ferrante's book is an omnipotent candidate considering its strength in content, description, and presentation of difficult relationships in a multi-layered frame of childhood experience in post-war Southern Italian society. It is also worth noting that Elena Ferrante -even if it is a pseudonymous name, the author declared that she is mother in an interview-, and Han Kang are the two women authors among the six candidates. Let's see who will get the Prize.