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Man Booker International Prize: Shortlist Readings

A selection of nominees coming together for an afternoon of readings

Sunday 15 May, 4.00pm

Join some of the most exciting writers from around the world on the eve of 2016 Man Booker International Prize award.

This rich afternoon of readings and conversation, hosted by BBC broadcaster Razia Iqbal, presents readings by some of the six shortlisted writers and their translators.

Settings range from war-torn Angola to Naples terrorised by the Camorra, from the mountains of Austria to the growing sprawl of Istanbul, and from metamorphosis in South Korea to allegorical transformation during the Great Famine in China.

Appearing on the day

  • José Eduardo Agualusa and Daniel Hahn on  A General Theory of Oblivion
  • Han Kang and Deborah Smith on The Vegetarian
  • Daniela Petracco (Elena Ferrante’s UK publisher) will read in Italian from The Story of the Lost Child and Morven Christie(currently starring in The A Word) will read in English.
  • Ekin Oklap on A Strangeness in my Mind
  • Robert Seethaler and Charlotte Collins on  A Whole Life
  • Carlos Rojas on The Four Books

A book stall and signing featuring the shortlisted titles will follow the event.

The 2016 shortlisted books are

  • A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker), by José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola), translated by Daniel Hahn (UK)
  • The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions), by Elena Ferrante (Italy), translated by Ann Goldstein (USA)
  • The Vegetarian (Portobello Books), by Han Kang (South Korea), translated by Deborah Smith (UK)
  • A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber), Orhan Pamuk (Turkey), translated by Ekin Oklap (Turkey)
  • A Whole Life (Picador), by Robert Seethaler (Austria), translated by Charlotte Collins (UK)
  • The Four Books (Chatto & Windus), by Yan Lianke (China), translated by Carlos Rojas (USA)

British Library, Conference Centre
Address: 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Admission: £12 / £10 / £8
Bookings essential: +44 330 333 1144, www.bl.uk/events