• The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Not a River: A Novel by Selva Almada, translated by Annie McDermott
  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Crooked Plow: A Novel by Itamar Vieira Junior, translated by Johnny Lorenz
  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Mater 2-10 by Hwang Sok-yong, translated by Sora Kim-Russell & Youngjae Josephine Bae
  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - What I’d Rather Not Think About by Jente Posthuma, translated by Sarah Timmer Harvey
  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Michael Hofmann
  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - The Details: A Novel by Ia Genberg, translated by Kira Josefsson

The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist, recommended by Eleanor Wachtel

Every year, the judges for the International Booker Prize read dozens of novels newly translated into English before compiling their shortlist of the very best. We spoke to the Canadian broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel—who chaired this year’s jury—about the six books they’ve selected in 2024: from a slim, elliptical Swedish novel about contemporary relationships to a multi-generational epic set in 20th-century Korea.

  • The Best of World Literature: The 2022 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree, translated by Daisy Rockwell
  • The Best of World Literature: The 2022 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung, translated by Anton Hur
  • The Best of World Literature: The 2022 International Booker Prize Shortlist - A New Name: Septology VI-VII by Jon Fosse, translated by Damion Searls
  • The Best of World Literature: The 2022 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Heaven by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd
  • The Best of World Literature: The 2022 International Booker Prize Shortlist - The Books of Jacob: A Novel by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft
  • The Best of World Literature: The 2022 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro, translated by Frances Riddle

The Best of World Literature: The 2022 International Booker Prize Shortlist, recommended by Frank Wynne

The International Booker Prize celebrates the best fiction in translation published over the previous year. Frank Wynne, acclaimed translator and chair of the 2022 judging panel, tells Five Books about the six novels that made the shortlist, and reminds readers that world literature need not be tough, consumed only in the interests of self-improvement—but is often joyful, surprising and full of feeling.