Most literature watchers are waiting for the announcement of this year’s Nobel Prize for literature but I’m happy with today’s announcement of the Russian Booker short list. The six finalists were selected from a 24-member long list; 95 books were nominated for the 2010 Booker. The winner will be announced in early December.
There are two books on the list that I’ve read, two others I’m familiar with, and two whose authors I’d never heard of before now. Here’s the short list, in (Russian) alphabetical order, by author.
- Oleg Zaionchkovskii: Счастье возможно (Happiness Is Possible) (excerpts) (previous post)
- Andrei Ivanov: Путешествие Ханумана на Лолланд (Hanuman’s Journey to Lolland) –the adventures of two illegal residents of Denmark, the Nepalese title character Hanuman (also the name of a Hindu deity) and a Russian friend. Hanuman apparently wants to go to Lolland, a Danish island. (review) (another review)
- Elena Koliadina: Цветочный крест (The Cross of Flowers, perhaps), about a 17th-century man of the cloth, father Loggin. (the novel online: beginning middle end) (an interview with the author)
- Mariam Petrosian: Дом, в котором... (The House in Which…), which won third prize in the readers’ vote for last year’s Big Book Prize.
- German Sadulaev – Шалинский рейд (The Raid on Shali), about the Chechen War. (начало) (окончание)
- Margarita Khemlin. Клоцвог (Klotsvog) (previous post)