With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
- Oscar Wilde
Award Winner - 9th June
Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky
Translated from the French by Melanie Mauthner
About the Award
Books are nominated for the Award by invited public libraries in cities throughout the world - making the Award unique in its coverage of international fiction. Titles are nominated on the basis of 'high literary merit' as determined by the nominating library.
Each year a panel of distinguished international judges is put in place under a non-voting chair. They have the epic task of considering each book from the longlist and narrowing it down to a shortlist of up to 10 titles. They must then enter deliberations to come up with the final winner by June of each year.
The Award is given annually. The prize of €100,000 is awarded to the author of the winning book. However, if the winning book is in English translation, €75,000 is awarded to the author and €25,000 to the translator.
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