Check out the winner and finalists from the worldâ€™s biggest literary prize.
Norwegian author Per Petterson won the world’s richest literary prize (the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) for a single work of fiction in English on Thursday (June 14) for the novel “Out Stealing Horses.” Petterson won 100,000 euros ($133,000) which he shares with his translator, Anne Born, for his novel about a solitary 67-year-old Norwegian widower whose chance encounter with a character from his youth triggers painful memories. (This book is On Order for the library. Petterson’s first book, “In the wake,” is already in our collection).
Here’s a review of the book from The New York Times.
Seven other books were on the short list of winners (check the library’s rich fiction collections for them), including:
“Slow Man” by South African Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee
“Shalimar the Clown” from Indian-born British writer Salman Rushdie
“A Long Long Way” by Ireland’s Sebastian Barry
“Arthur and George” by British writer Julian Barnes
“The Short Day Dying” from Peter Hobbs (Great Britain)
“No Country For Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy (American)
“Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer (American)
Any one of these books will make great summer reading! Check out the IMAC Web site for previous winners and finalists, and more great books to read.