ManBooker Prize for fiction 2019


Manbooker 2019


The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the shortlist of six titles in contention for the 2019 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.


2019 shortlist

  • Celestial Bodiesby Jokha Alharthi (Oman), translated by Marilyn Booth (Sandstone Press Ltd)
  • The Years by Annie Ernaux (France), translated by Alison L. Strayer (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • The Pine Islandsby Marion Poschmann (Germany), translated by Jen Calleja (Profile Books, Serpents Tail)
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Deadby Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • The Shape of the Ruinsby Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), translated by Anne McLean (Quercus, MacLehose Press)
  • The Remainderby Alia Trabucco Zerán (Chile and Italy), translated by Sophie Hughes (And Other Stories)


This year’s stories include the pilgrimage of a lecturer on beard fashions over the pine islands of Matsushima, a tale of Colombian conspiracy theories, and an environmental whodunnit with a cast of eccentric characters. Family connections and history are also present in the coming-of-age account of three Omani sisters, the story of three children of ex-militants overcoming Chile’s complex past, and an evocative narrative of France from 1941 to 2006 which blends the personal and the collective to present memories of a generation.

The list spans five languages: Arabic, French, German, Polish and Spanish.

The winner of the 2019 prize will be announced on Tuesday 21 May at a formal dinner at the Roundhouse in London.