02 November 2010

Reading list: International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winners

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is open to novels written in any language, provided they have been translated into English. Books longlisted for the award are nominated by libraries from around the world. The award is an initiative of Dublin City Council and is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries.

While not as popular as the Man Booker and Pulitzer Prizes, the IMPAC Dublin has international coverage and the winning books are as diverse as a list can be.

The 2010 IMPAC goes to the Dutch novel The Twin. Gerbrand Bakker (writer) and David Colmer (translator) will share the prize of 100,000 Euro (approx. 123,782.55 USD), "the world's richest literary prize for a single novel."

2011 Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann

2010 The Twin Gerbrand Bakker, translated from the Dutch by David Colmer

2009 Man Gone Down Michael Thomas

2008 De Niro's Game Rawi Hage

2007 Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson, translated from Norwegian by Anne Born

2006 The Master Colm Tóibín

2005 The Known World Edward P. Jones

2004 This Blinding Absence of Light Tahar Ben Jelloun, translated from the French by Linda Coverdale

2003 My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk, translated from the Turkish by Erdag M. Göknar

2002 Atomised (also published as The Elementary Particles) Michel Houellebecq, translated from the French by Frank Wynne

2001 No Great Mischief Alistair MacLeod

2000 Wide Open Nicola Barker

1999 Ingenious Pain Andrew Miller

1998 The Land of Green Plums Herta Müller, translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

1997 A Heart So White Javier Marias, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa

1996 Remembering Babylon David Malouf



  1. I don't recognize too many of these titles but I doubt that any named here packs as powerful a punch to the reader or is as disturbing in its portrayal of the crisis of the western psyche as Houllebeque's 'Atomised'. I'm open to amendment and contradiction though!

  2. Me, too. I haven't read anything from here! Though I own two ('Out Stealing Horses' & 'A Heart So White') so I'll soon have an idea of the impact of an IMPAC. :) I haven't tried Houellebecq, so I think I'll go look for 'Atomised.'