Author Yan Lianke shortlisted for Man Booker Intl Prize

Updated 2016-04-28 15:43:14

Author Yan Lianke shortlisted for Man Booker Intl Prize

An outspoken Chinese author's novel is among the six books shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize on Thursday.

Yan Lianke, 58, was shortlisted for his work The Four Books.

Five of the shortlisted authors have been made finalists for the first time, while Yan has been named for the second time, AFP reported.

The prize's panel of five judges selected works from Angolan, Italian, South Korean, Turkish, Austrian and Chinese authors as finalists for the 50,000 pound prize (,076) honoring the best foreign book published in English translation by UK publishers in 2015.

The list did not include Eka Kurniawan, who became the first Indonesian author to be nominated for Man Tiger.

"This exhilarating shortlist will take readers both around the globe and to every frontier of fiction," said Boyd Tonkin, chair of the judging panel. "These six books tell unforgettable stories from China and Angola, Austria and Turkey, Italy and South Korea. In setting, they range from a Mao-era re-education camp and a remote Alpine valley to the modern tumult and transformation of cities such as Naples and Istanbul."

Yan's works are renowned for their description of society's loweliest members in a magical realist style. Many of his books have been translated and published overseas.

He received the Czech Franz Kafka Prize in 2014, becoming the first Chinese author to win the prize and the second Asian writer to win it, following Haruki Murakami's receipt of the accolade in 2006.

The winner of the 2016 Booker Prize will be announced on May 16 at a dinner at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

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