Teju Cole, Lahore, February 2017. | Courtesy of the artist. Instagram: @_tejucole
The Shortlist of the Year 2017
What does the soldier see from his tank? Why is a woman longing to become a plant? How can the mortal illness of a head of state lay a pall of trepidation over a whole country? Where do double standards originate? Who do you meet in the subtropics of Ukraine? And how do you get to the Mine of Hope? In the abundance of approaches to the world, the loud and quiet non-equals, in acute and creeping metamorphoses, the 2017 shortlist puts renewed trust in fiction and leads to an ever-changing territory: the wide-open field of literature.
Reclaim Your Fictions.
This is the theme of the Celebration of the Shortlist & Award Ceremony, which will gather the shortlisted authors and translators along with the award winning duo on July 6, 2017 beginning at 6 pm. With the jury and other guests, they will undertake literary investigations of the present, present the shortlisted titles in readings, conversations on literary materials and offer insights into contexts and concurrent originating processes. In roundtable studies on the spaces surrounding narrating and translating they will debate the value of fiction in post-factual times. The prize will be awarded (€20,000 for the author and €15,000 for the translator) as part of this celebration with a laudatory address and presentation of the book.