Premio Impac Dublin 2008
El año pasado, Per Petterson y su novela Out Stealing Horses se llevó este singular premio en que los libreros del mundo (161 librerías en 121 ciudades) elaboran una "longlist" de más de 100 candidatos y, luego de una criba angustiante, deciden una "shortlist" y, días después, un ganador de 100,000 euros. La "longlist" para otorgar el premio en el 2008 ya está en línea. La "shortlist" será compuesta el 2 de abril y el 12 de junio se conocerá al ganador.
La nota en The Guardian destaca a algunos candidatos: "Nonetheless, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Biafra tale Half of a Yellow Sun, has garnered a good number of nominations and also has form, having won the Orange prize earlier this year. Similarly, Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss has achieved an impressive spread of support - with libraries in the US, Scandinavia, South America, eastern Europe and Africa nominating her Kalimpong-set story. Despite only getting support from Finland's Helsinki library, Spain's Javier Cercas is also likely to be a frontrunner with The Speed of Light, his metafictional account of a novelist grappling with the story of a Vietnam veteran. Cormac McCarthy, already in possession of the Pulitzer and the James Tait Black for The Road, his bleak vision of a post-apocalyptic America, is also a good bet to make it to the next stage. Ngugi wa Thiong'o, who wins support from libraries as far afield as Russia, South Africa, Ireland and the Gambia, should also be in with a shout. The Kenyan author's contender is Wizard of the Crow, a novel which is, he says, an attempt "to sum up Africa of the 20th century in the context of 2,000 years of world history". However, part of the fun of this list is finding out where UK writers have their fans abroad. Martin Amis's House of Meetings gets one nomination - from Warsaw Public Library. Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother, his follow-up to the phenomenally successful The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, gets the seal of approval from Belgium's Ghent library. Robert Harris's Imperium, about the treacherous world of ancient Roman politics is popular with library-goers in Bloemfontein, South Africa while Stef Penney's Costa-winning The Company of Wolves, about prospecting in 1860s Canada, strikes a chord in Poland and Australia. Diane Setterfield's gothic suspense novel The Thirteenth Tale, which hit the headlines for securing its first-time author an astounding £800,000 advance, is big in Uganda and Sweden.