The award news keeps coming with the incredible news that Shokoofeh Azar and her novel The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree have been SHORTLISTED in the International Booker Prize 2020.
Shokoofeh is the first Australian to be shortlisted for the International Booker for a work in translation. Her novel was originally written in Farsi.
Both the original Farsi and the English language edition are available. Check in with your local bookstore, or buy from our online store.
From Ted Hodgkinson, chair of the judging panel:
‘Each of our shortlisted books restlessly reinvents received narratives, from foundational myths to family folklore, plunging us into discomforting and elating encounters with selves in a state of transition. Whether capturing a deftly imagined dystopia or incandescent flows of language, these are tremendous feats of translation, which in these isolating times, represent the pinnacle of an art- form rooted in dialogue. Our shortlist transcends this unprecedented moment, immersing us in expansively imagined lives that hold enduring fascination.’
When we originally read The Enlightenment, we knew it was a novel for the whole world, not just Australia, and so we are absolutely delighted to see it gain this recognition and acclaim xxx