Today the winner of the Booker Prize is known: there is an Argentine and a Brazilian among the finalists

Today the winner of the Booker Prize is known: there is an Argentine and a Brazilian among the finalists
Today the winner of the Booker Prize is known: there is an Argentine and a Brazilian among the finalists

Selva Almada, from Entre Ríos, Argentina, and her finalist novel: “It is not a river”

Today, in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in London, the Booker Prize award ceremony takes place. will present it Jack Edwards, British YouTuber known as the “Internet’s resident librarian.” After the long list and later the short list were announced, the moment of truth arrived: which book will win?

After the Nobel Prize, it is undoubtedly the most important international award. What it distinguishes are works translated into English and recognizes both the author and the translator, granting them 25 thousand pounds sterling for each. The same for those shortlisted: 5 thousand pounds sterling each, both author and translator.

A jury composed of William Kentridge, Natalie Diaz, Eleanor Wachtel, Aaron Robertson and Romesh Gunesekera chose from 149 books published in the United Kingdom and Ireland between May 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024 and submitted for the prize by publishers.

Itamar Vieira Junior, born in Salvador de Bahía, competes with “Arado torcido”

Among the finalists is an Argentine author: Almada Jungle. The book with which it competes is titled It’s not a river and was translated by Annie McDermott for the Charco Press label. The novel completes a “men’s trilogy”, inaugurated with The Wind That Devastates and followed by Ladrilleros.

The scene of It’s not a river It is rural Argentina, where he investigates the cruelty and violence of the masculine universe. “Human, but at the same time animal and vegetal, this novel flows like a channel, a long conversation or the affection between beings who love each other,” the back cover reads.

There is also another author from South America, Itamar Vieira Juniorwhose book, translated from Portuguese by Johnny Lorenz for for Verso Fiction, it is crooked plow. The achievement, in this case, is double: this 44-year-old author, the youngest on the list, introduces Brazil for the first time among the finalists for the award.

The jury is made up of William Kentridge, Natalie Diaz, Eleanor Wachtel, Aaron Robertson and Romesh Gunesekera (Photo: Hugo Glendinning)

With Ia Genberg something similar happens: your book, The Detailstranslated by Kira Josefsson, This marks the first time a Swedish author has entered the list. A bestseller in its country and with translations in 29 languages, the novel reveals an intimate and powerful celebration of what it means to be human.

The South Korean completes the short list Hwang Sok-yong (Mater 2-10translation of Sora Kim-Russell), the German Jenny Erpenbeck (Kairostranslation of Michael Hoffmann) and the Dutch Jente Posthuma (What I’d Rather Not Think Abouttranslation of Sarah Timmer Harvey).

“These books bear the weight of the past while addressing the current realities of racism and oppression, global violence and ecological disaster,” he explained. Eleanor Wachtelpresident of the jury of the Booker Prize 2024. Today we will know who will win the prize.

(Photos: thebookerprizes.com)

 
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