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    International Booker Prize 2021 Shortlist Readings

    Until 6 Jun
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    Meet the International Booker Prize 2021 shortlist in a virtual celebration, featuring readings from this year's selected authors and translators.

    The International Booker Prize rewards the best work of fiction translated into English from another language, aiming to encourage more reading of quality works of imagination from all over the world.

    Join the shortlisted authors and translators for readings in both English and the books' original languages.

    The 2021 shortlist is:
    At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop, translated from French by Anna Moschovakis The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez, translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut, translated from Spanish by Adrian Nathan West The Employees by Olga Ravn, translated from Danish by Martin Aitken In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated from Russian by Sasha Dugdale The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard, translated from French by Mark Polizzotti

    The event is chaired by British writer, editor and podcaster Derek Owusu, whose 2019 debut novel That Reminds Me won the Desmond Elliott Prize.

    The winner is announced on Wednesday 2 June.

    The 2021 International Booker Prize judging panel is chaired by Lucy Hughes-Hallett and consists of Aida Edemariam, Neel Mukherjee, Olivette Otele and George Szirtes.

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