It’s July 1, which means we have a Russian Booker Prize long list. The Booker people received 95 nominations and chose 24 for the list; last year they received 82 nominations. The six-book short list will be announced on October 6, and the winner will be named on December 2.
A number of this year’s long listers are already on the 2010 Big Book short list:
- Mikhail Gigolashvili – Чертово колесо (The Devil’s Wheel) (5 глав из романа)
- Oleg Zaionchkovskii – Счастье возможно: Роман нашего времени (Happiness Is Possible: A Novel of Our Time) (excerpts)
- Evgenii Kliuev – Андерманир штук (Something Else for You – Languagehat has a discussion of the name of this book here)
- Pavel Krusanov – Мёртвый язык (A/The Dead Language)
- Oleg Pavlov – Асистолия (Asystole [Flatline]) (начало) (окончание)
- Viktor Pelevin – t
- German Sadulaev – Шалинский рейд (The Raid on Shali) (начало) (окончание)
Other notable books include:
- Mariam Petrosian’s Дом, в котором... (The House in Which…), a 2009 Big Book finalist that won third prize in the readers’ vote
- Andrei Astvatsaturov’s Люди в голом (People in the Nude), a National Bestseller finalist and NOSE finalist. (earlier post with description) Previous writing from Astvatsaturov is on Журнальный зал here.
I’m especially interested in these two books, both of which made the 2010 Big Book long list but not the cut for the short list:
- Bakhyt Kenzheev’s Обрезание пасынков (Pruning the Shoots) because two friends have recommended it and it’s waiting for me on my shelf
- Margarita Khemlin’s Клоцвог (Klotsvog) because I enjoyed her last book so much (previous post)
The only Booker long list book that I’ve already read is Zaionchkovskii’s Happiness Is Possible, which I thought was very good. (previous post)
The full Booker long list is online here. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s read any of the books on the list.