16:23 15 Mar 2023

Ukrainian writer Andrii Kurkov listed for 2023 Booker Prize

The International Booker Prize has announced a long list of applicants for the award in 2023.

The official website of the award published a longlist of 13 editions.

As reported, the nominees were chosen by a jury consisting of:

  • French-Moroccan novelist Leïla Slimani;
  • Uilleam Blacker, one of Britain's leading literary translators from Ukrainian;
  • Tan Twan Eng, the Booker-shortlisted Malaysian novelist; 
  • Parul Sehgal, staff writer and critic at the New Yorker;
  • Frederick Studemann, Literary Editor of the Financial Times. 

Among this year's nominees is the book "Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv" by Ukrainian writer Andrii Kurkov.

The book is up for the award in the English translation by Reuben Woolley.

"Shot through with Kurkov's unique brand of black humor and vodka-fuelled magic realism, Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv is an affectionate portrait of one of the world's most intriguing cities," the award website said.


The Booker Prize 2023 longlist looks like this:

  • Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv by Andrii Kurkov
  • Ninth Building by Zhou Jingzhi
  • A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding by Amanda Svensson
  • Still Born by Guadalupe Nettel
  • Pyre by Perumal Murugan
  • While We Were Dreaming by Clemens Meyer
  • The Birthday Party by Laurent Mauvignier
  • Is Mother Dead by Vigdis Hjorth
  • Standing Heavy by GauZ'
  • Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov
  • The Gospel According to the New World by Maryse Condé
  • Whale by Cheon Myeong-kwan
  • Boulder by Eva Baltasar.

The International Booker Prize is among the most prestigious annual book awards for the best literary works translated into English.

This year, the shortlist of six nominees will be announced on April 18. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on May 23, 2023.

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