April 11, 2021

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Small world: Impac prize’s version of global literature is distinctly parochial

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With just two nominations from the whole of Africa and South America, the prize’s reach is far more limited than it at first appears: The Guardian

The 2015 International Impac Dublin literary award’s 142-book longlist, announced this week, looks to be world-spanning, with 49 novels in translation from 16 different languages, nominated by libraries in 114 cities and 39 countries. But a closer look at the longlist for the €100,000 prize turns up a number of questions. Where are the books from African and Indian languages? Nothing in Arabic? Or Japanese? 

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