23rd Biennial Neustadt International Prize for Literature Nominees
Earlier this week, the nine nominees for the Neustadt International Prize were announced. Before listing all nine of them, here’s a bit about the prize itself:
The Neustadt Prize is the most prestigious international literary award given in the United States, often cited as “the American Nobel,” and is chosen solely on the basis of literary merit. [. . .] In the next stage of the award process, jury members will convene at Oklahoma University in October for deliberations. The jury will then vote on the shortlist of nominees to select the winner of the prize, who will be announced on Nov. 1 during the Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture. The laureate will receive $50,000, a replica of an eagle feather cast in silver, and a certificate of recognition at a ceremony at OU in fall 2014.
Silver Eagle Feather!
One of the cool things about this nomination announcement is that they included a “representative work” from each of the finalists, so if you want to read something by any/all of these authors you’ll know where to start. You can read more about each of the authors here, but for now, here are the authors, their country of origin, and the representative work:
- César Aira (Argentina) How I Became a Nun
- Mia Couto (Mozambique) Sleepwalking Land
- Duong Thu Huong (Vietnam) No Man’s Land
- Edward P. Jones (America) All Aunt Hagar’s Children
- Ilya Kaminsky (Ukraine) Dancing in Odessa
- Chang-rae Lee (South Korea) The Surrendered
- Edouard Maunick (Mauritius) Mandela, Dead and Alive
- Haruki Murakami (Japan) The Elephant Vanishes
- Ghassan Zaqtan (Palestine) Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me