The Bookseller – News – Franco-Moroccan novelist Slimani to chair the 2023 International Booker Prize


The Franco-Moroccan novelist Leïla Slimani will chair the International Booker Prize jury next year.

She will be joined by Uilleam Blacker, one of Britain’s leading literary translators from Ukrainian, Tan Twan Eng, Booker’s shortlisted Malaysian novelist, Parul Sehgal, writer and critic at New Yorker; and Frederick Studemann, literary editor of the FinancialTimes.

The annual prize of £50,000, split equally between author and translator, is awarded to the best translated work of fiction, selected from entries published in the UK and Ireland between May 1, 2022 and April 30. 2023. There will be a prize of £5,000 for each of the shortlisted titles.

Slimani said: “As a child, I lived in books. By the magic of fiction, I was a Russian princess, a gold digger, a little orphan from the suburbs of London, an alchemist in the Colombian mountains. This is what novelists teach us and what translators offer us: in literature there are no borders, no illegals, no pariahs. Fiction is my home and I am more than happy to be able to live there for several months, surrounded by friends and colleagues, to celebrate our passion for words and stories. It is a great honor and a great responsibility to present this prestigious prize to a novelist and his translator whose talents have allowed them to be read by English-speaking readers.

Fiammetta Rocco, Administrator of the International Booker Prize, added: “Led by Leïla Slimani, the five judges of the International Booker Prize 2023 bring a wealth of talent and global experience as writers, critics, translators – and especially as readers. When the award cycle comes to an end in May 2023, their readings and discussions will give them unprecedented insight into new fiction from around the world, written in other languages, translated into English and published in the UK and Ireland. Their recommendations should be at the top of your must-read list.

The International Booker Prize longlist of 12 or 13 books will be announced in March 2023 and the shortlist of six books in April. The winning title will be announced at a ceremony in May.

The 2022 winner, sand tomb, written by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell, received critical and critical acclaim. The novel made history as the first book originally written in an Indian language to win the award. The book’s UK publisher, Tilted Axis, ordered a reprint of 15,000 copies the day after it was announced that it had won the International Booker Prize and UK sales increased in volume by 877% in the week following the announcement.

Before the victory sand tomb had no American publisher and had not been reviewed by any British newspaper. It was later hailed as “a triumph of literature” by FinancialTimes and “a novel of enormous intelligence” by the The telegraph of the day. The day after the announcement, US publisher HarperVia acquired the rights to the book.

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