The tale of a woman driven to the edge by motherhood is among 13 contenders for the Man Booker International Prize.
The long list of finalists announced Monday includes critically-acclaimed Argentine writer Ariana Harwicz’s “Die My Love”, translated by Sarah Moses and Carlina Orloff, which tells the story of a woman grappling with motherhood and marriage set in rural France and with Lynchian overtones.
In its review, the Guardian describes Harwicz’s book as a story in which the “unnamed narrator, a ‘fraud of a country woman’, has followed her idealistic husband out into the sticks, where she does daily battle with loneliness, boredom and the ‘constant clucking and grousing’ of the baby she never really wanted.” And the Edinburgh International Book Festival describes Harwicz’s prose “violent, ironic and erotic”.
South Korea's Han Kang, who won in 2016 for "The Vegetarian," is nominated again for "The White Book." Novels from Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Iraq and Taiwan are also on the list.
The prize is a counterpart to the prestigious Man Booker Prize and is open to books published in any language that have been translated into English.
The 50,000-pound ($70,000) award is split evenly between writer and translator.
The prize shortlist is announced April 12 and the winner on May 22.
- TIMES / AP