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‘Africa’s Future Has No Space For Stupid Black Men’ by Pwaangulongii Daoud is the winner of the 2018 Gerald Kraak Award.
‘Travels in Pornland’ by Andrea Stuart selected for Best American Essays 2017.
Ivan Chistyakov’s ‘The Diary of a Gulag Prison Guard’ extract and ‘Peace Shall Destroy Many’ by Miriam Toews selected for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017.
Eric Puchner’s ‘Last Day on Earth’ and Emma Cline’s ‘Arcadia’ selected for Best American Short Stories 2017.
‘The Invitation’ by Barry Lopez and ‘Dr J’ by Kalpana Narayanan selected for The Pushcart Prize 2017.
Carys Davies’ West has been longlisted for the 2019 Folio Prize. You can read an excerpt from the book here, and an essay by the author on the research that went into the book here.
Mazen Maarouf’s Jokes for the Gunmen has been longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Award. You can read an excerpt from the collection here.
Hubert Mingarelli’s Four Soldiers has been longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Award.
Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear has won the Warwick Women in Translation Prize.
Masha Gessen has won a National Book Award for The Future is History.
Han Kang’s The Vegetarian has won the 2016 Man Booker International prize. Read the story that inspired it, ‘Fruit of My Woman’.
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