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'The Impostor' by Javier Cercas, longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2018

Javier Cercas’ novel El impostor (2014), published by MacLehose Press (UK, 2017) and translated by Frank Wynne, has been longlisted for The Man Booker International Prize 2018.

In this extraordinary novel, Javier Cercas unravels the enigma of an impostor, Enric Marco, an old man in his 90s who claimed to be a Nazi concentration camp survivor. Cercas delves with passion and honesty into the most ambiguous aspects of what makes us human – our infinite capacity for self-deception, our need for conformity, our thirst for affection and our conflicting needs for fiction and for truth.

El impostor has been sold in 16 languages (Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovenian and Turkish), and has received many awards, such as: Prix du Livre Européen, 2016; Taofen Award (Pekín), 2015; Premio Letterario Isola d’Elba ‘Raffaelo Brignetti’, 2016;  Premio Friuladria 'La Storia in un Romanzo' (Italia).

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The prize is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. The judges, chaired by Lisa Appignanesi OBE, considered 108 books.

The full 2018 longlist is as follows: Author (nationality), Translator, Title (imprint)
• Laurent Binet (France), Sam Taylor, The 7th Function of Language (Harvill Secker)
• Javier Cercas (Spain), Frank Wynne, The Impostor (MacLehose Press)
• Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)
• Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), Susan Bernofsky, Go, Went, Gone (Portobello Books)
• Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books)
• Ariana Harwicz (Argentina), Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff, Die, My Love (Charco Press)
• László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On(Tuskar Rock Press)
• Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez, Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)
• Christoph Ransmayr (Austria), Simon Pare, The Flying Mountain (Seagull Books)
• Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)
• Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
• Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan), Darryl Sterk, The Stolen Bicycle (Text Publishing)
• Gabriela Ybarra (Spain), Natasha Wimmer, The Dinner Guest (Harvill Secker)

The shortlist of six books will be announced on 12 April, and the winner of the 2018 prize will be announced on 22 May.