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Petterson Wins IMPAC Prize

Reuters reports that Norwegian author Per Petterson and his translator Anne Born won the world’s richest literary prize for a single work of fiction in English on Thursday for the novel OUT STEALING HORSES. Petterson collected 100,000 euros ($133,000), of which Born will get 25,0000, for his novel focusing on a solitary 67-year-old Norwegian widower whose chance encounter with a character from his youth triggers painful memories.

“It is a very happy man that stands before you. A surprised man,” Petterson said after Dublin’s Lord Mayor named him as winner of the 12th International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. “It seems with this book I am the boy with the golden trousers and every time I put my hand in my pockets I pick up a golden coin,” he said. “It is so cool.”

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IMPAC Shortlist

Finally, the prize that has the three-digit longlist has whittled itself down to a shortlist of eight – and it’s guaranteed that the winner of the world’s largest literary fiction prize will be male:

A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
Slow Man by JM Coetzee
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Short Day Dying by Peter Hobbs
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Shalimar The Clown by Salman Rushdie

The winner will be announced on June 14.