Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Impac Award shortlist announced

Authors from Ireland and Northern Ireland are among the 10-strong shortlist for the Impac Dublin Literary Award

Authors from Ireland and Northern Ireland are among a 10-strong shortlist for the world's most lucrative literary prize.

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, who wrote in his spare time while in a government job in Limerick, and The Light of Amsterdam by former Belfast school teacher David Park have been named on the Impac Dublin Literary Award.

Managed by Dublin City Libraries, the winner will take home 100,000 euro.

Another five novels included in the shortlist have been translated into English from works by authors in Argentina, Colombia, France, Norway, and The Netherlands.

The remaining books on the shortlist are by authors from Australia, Malaysia and the US.

The Spinning Heart tells the story of 21 victims of the property crash and has won widespread praise, winning the Irish Book of the Year Award before being long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and topping bestseller lists.

The Light of Amsterdam opens at the funeral of George Best and develops into a biblical story of cheating before wrapping up at a disappointing Bob Dylan concert in Amsterdam.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin Henry Upton announced the shortlist in Dublin today.

"This is a list of high quality literature that includes five novels in translation which readers might not otherwise get the opportunity to read," he said.

"And I am delighted to see Donal Ryan and David Park on the list. This is a real tribute from the judges to the quality of contemporary Irish writing."

It includes The Detour translated from Dutch and by the 2010 winner by Gerbrand Bakker; Questions of Travel by Michelle De Kretser; Absolution, the first book by US writer Patrick Flanery; A Death in the Family by Norway's Karl Ove Knausgaard; Three Strong Women by France's Marie NDiaye; Traveller of the Century by Andres Neuman from Argentina; The Garden of Evening Mists by Malaysian Tan Twan Eng; and The Sound of Things Falling by Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez.

The titles on this year's shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Australia, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, South Africa and The Netherlands.

A five-member international judging panel will select the winner, to be announced June 12.

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