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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Finalists announced for Man Booker International

Thirteen writers have made it on to the judges' list of finalists under serious consideration for the fourth Man Booker International Prize, the £60,000 award which recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction. The authors come from eight countries, five are published in translation and there are four women on the list. One writer has previously won the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction and two have been shortlisted. Famously, another, John le Carr√©, asked that his books should not be submitted for the annual prize to give less established authors the opportunity to win. The Finalists' List is announced by the chair of judges, Rick Gekoski, at a press conference held at the University of Sydney, today Wednesday 30 March 2011 at 10.00 (EST). The thirteen authors on the list are:

* Wang Anyi (China)
* Juan Goytisolo (Spain)
* James Kelman (UK)
* John le Carré (UK)
* Amin Maalouf (Lebanon)
* David Malouf (Australia)
* Dacia Maraini (Italy)
* Rohinton Mistry (India/Canada)
* Philip Pullman (UK)
* Marilynne Robinson (USA)
* Philip Roth (USA)
* Su Tong (China)
* Anne Tyler (USA)

The judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2011 consists of writer, academic and rare-book dealer Dr. Rick Gekoski (Chair), publisher, writer and critic Carmen Callil, and award-winning novelist Justin Cartwright

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