The finalist for the IMPAC award has been announced, and it's a tough call.
Of course I'm going with Junot Diaz, but it's always good list.
The Canadian Rawi Hage won last year for Deniro's Game.
The final five are:
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Dominican / American) Riverhead Books
Ravel by Jean Echenoz (French) in translation. The New Press
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistani / British) Hamish Hamilton / Harcourt / Doubleday Canada
The Archivist's Story by Travis Holland (American) Dial PressThe Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen (Norwegian) in translation. John Murray Publishers
The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt (American) Bloomsbury Publishing
Animal's People by Indra Sinha (Indian / British) Simon & Schuster
Man Gone Down by Micheal Thomas (American) Grove / Atlantic
This year is different because one of my favourite people to argue over the list is no longer with us.
Posted by Dave