International Dublin Literary Award

The (IDLA) International Dublin Literary Award (formerly known as The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards) was conceived in 1994 to promote excellence in world literature.


Highlighted books are the annual winners.
Books marked with an (A) are by Australian authors.
(R) stands for read but not reviewed by moi.
Green highlights represent books on my TBR pile.

2020 Shortlist
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker 
  • Milkman by Anna Burns 
  • Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (Translated from the French by Tina Kover)
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 
  • History of Violence by Édouard Louis (Translated from the French by Lorin Stein)
  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez 
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (Translated by from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones)

2019 Shortlist


2018 Shortlist
  • Last Love by Alina Bronsky by Baba Dunja (Translated from the German by Tim Mohr)
  • The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera (Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman)
  • The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett & Don Shaw)
  • Human Acts by Han Kang (Translated from Korean by Deborah Smith)
  • The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
  • Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
  • Distant Light by Antonio Moresco (Translated from Italian by Richard Dixon)
  • Ladivine by Marie Ndiaye (Translated from French by Jordan Stump)
  • The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout 


2017 Shortlist
  • A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa (Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn)
  • Confession of the Lioness by Mia Couto (Translated from Portuguese by David Brookshaw)
  • The Green Road by Anne Enright
  • The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine (Translated from Danish by Martin Aitken)
  • The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (Translated from Spanish by Christina MacSweeney)
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 
  • Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
  • A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk (Translated from Turkish by Ekin Oklap)
  • A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler (Translated from German by Charlotte Collins)
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara


2016 Shortlist
  • Family Life by Akhil Sharma
  • Oulaws by Javier Cercas (translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean)
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  • The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky)
  • Academy Street by Mary Costello
  • Diary of the Fall by Michael Laub (translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa)
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga (translated from the French by Melanie Mauthner)
  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers


2015 Shortlist
  • Harvest by Jim Crace
  • Americanah Chimamanda by Ngozi Adichie
  • Horses of God by Mahi Binebine
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (A)
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (A)
  • K by Bernardo Kucinski
  • Brief Loves that Live Forever by Andreï Makine
  • TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
  • Someone by Alice McDermott
  • Sparta by Roxana Robinson


2014 Shortlist
  • The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean)
  • The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker (translated from the Dutch by David Colmer)
  • Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser (A)
  • Absolution by Patrick Flanery
  • A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgård (translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett)
  • Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye (translated from the French by John Fletcher)
  • Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman (translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia)
  • The Light of Amsterdam by David Park
  • The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
  • The Garden of Evening Mists by Twan Eng Tan


2013 Shortlist
  • The City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
  • The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq (translated from the French by Gavin Bowd)
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel)
  • Pure by Andrew Miller
  • The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  • The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  • From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón (translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb)
  • The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am by Kjersti A. Skomsvold (translated from the Norwegian by Kerri A. Pierce)
  • Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa (translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett)


2012 Shortlist
  • Even the Dogs Jon McGregor
  • Rocks in the Belly Jon Bauer
  • The Matter with Morris David Bergen
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan  (R) 
  • The Memory of Love Aminatta Forna
  • Matterhorn Karl Marlantes
  • Landed Tim Pears
  • Limassol Yishai Sarid
  • The Eternal Son Cristovão Tezza
  • Lean On Pete Willy Vlautin

2011 Shortlist
  • Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann (R) 
  • Galore Michael Crummey
  • The Lacuna Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Vagrants Yiyun Li
  • Ransom David Malouf (A)
  • Little Bird of Heaven Joyce Carol Oates
  • Jasper Jones Craig Silvey (A) (R) 
  • Brooklyn Colm Tóibín
  • Love and Summer William Trevor (R) 
  • After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice Evie Wyld (A)

2010 Shortlist
  • The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • In Zodiac Light by Robert Edric
  • Settlement Christoph Hein
  • The Believers Zoe Heller
  • Netherland Joseph O'Neill
  • God's Own Country Ross Raisin
  • Home Marilynne Robinson

2009 Shortlist
  • Man Gone Down Michael Thomas
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
  • Ravel Jean Echenoz
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid
  • The Archivist's Story Travis Holland
  • The Burnt-out Town of Miracle Roy Jacobsen
  • The Indian Clerk David Leavitt
  • Animal's People Indra Sinha

2008 Shortlist
  • De Niro's Game Rawi Hage
  • The Speed of Light Javier Cercas (translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean)
  • The Sweet & Simple Kind Yasmine Gooneratne
  • Dreams of Speaking Gail Jones  (A)
  • Let it be Morning Sayed Kashua (translated from the Hebrew by Miriam Shlesinger)
  • The Attack Yasmina Khadra (translated from the French by John Cullen)
  • Winterwood Patrick McCabe
  • The Woman who Waited Andreï Makine (translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan)

2007 Shortlist
  • Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson (translated from Norwegian by Anne Born)
  • Arthur and George Julian Barnes
  • A Long Long Way Sebastian Barry
  • Slow Man J. M. Coetzee
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Short Day Dying Peter Hobbs
  • No Country for Old Men Cormac McCarthy
  • Shalimar the Clown Salman Rushdie

2006 Shortlist
  • The Master Colm Tóibín
  • GraceLand Chris Abani
  • Maps for Lost Lovers Nadeem Aslam
  • Havoc in its Third Year Ronan Bennett
  • The Closed Circle Jonathan Coe
  • An Altered Light Jens Christian Grøndahl (translated from the Danish by Anne Born)
  • The Swallows of Kabul Yasmina Khadra (translated from the French by John Cullen)
  • Don't Move Margaret Mazzantini (translated from the Italian by John Cullen)
  • The Logogryph Thomas Wharton

2005 Shortlist
  • The Known World Edward P. Jones
  • Gardening at Night Diane Awerbuck
  • The Half Brother Lars Saabye Christensen (translated from the Norwegian by Kenneth Steven)
  • The Good Doctor Damon Galgut
  • Elle Douglas Glover
  • Phantom Pain Arnon Grunberg (translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett)
  • The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard
  • Willenbrock Christoph Hein (translated from the German by Philip Boehm)
  • Deafening Frances Itani
  • The Fortress of Solitude Jonathan Lethem

2004 Shortlist
  • This Blinding Absence of Light Tahar Ben Jelloun (translated from the French by Linda Coverdale)
  • The Book of Illusions Paul Auster
  • Any Human Heart William Boyd
  • Caramelo Sandra Cisneros
  • Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The White Family Maggie Gee
  • Balthasar's Odyssey Amin Maalouf (translated from the French by Barbara Bray) (R) 
  • Family Matters Rohinton Mistry
  • Earth and Ashes Atiq Rahimi (translated from the Dari by Erdag M. Göknar)
  • House of Day, House of Night Olga Tokarczuk (translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones)

2003 Shortlist
  • My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (translated from the Turkish by Erdag Göknar)
  • The Ash Garden by Dennis Bock
  • Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor
  • The Visit of the Royal Physician by Per Olov Enquist (translated from the Swedish by Tiina Nunnelly)
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Migrant Painter of Birds by Lidia Jorge (translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa)
  • That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern 
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

2002 Shortlist
  • Atomised by Michel Houellebecq
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (R) 
  • True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey  (A) (R) 
  • The Keepers of Truth by Michael Collins
  • The Last Samurai byHelen DeWitt
  • The Years with Laura Diaz by Carlos Fuentes
  • Madame by Antoni Libera

2001 Shortlist
  • No Great Mischief by Alastair McLeod (R) 
  • The Love You Promised Me by Silvia Molina
  • The True History of Paradise by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
  • The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tóibín
  • Our Fathers by Andrew O'Hagan
  • The Clay Machine-gun by Victor Pelevin

2000 Shortlist
  • Wide Open by Nicola Barker
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham  (R) 
  • Trumpet by Jackie Kay
  • This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann
  • Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
  • Paradise by Toni Morrison
  • I Married a Communist by Philip Roth

1999 Shortlist
  • Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller
  • Quarantine by Jim Crace
  • Underworld by Don DeLillo
  • The Ordinary Seaman by Francisco Goldman
  • Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin)
  • The Reader by Bernard Schlink (translated by Carol Brown Janeway)  (R) 
  • The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick

1998 Shortlist
  • The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller (translated by Michael Hofmann)
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood  (R) 
  • Imaginings of Sand by Andre Brink
  • The Counting House by David Dabydeen
  • The Glade within the Grove by David Foster
  • Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Pope's Rhinoceros by Lawrence Norfolk
  • Last Orders by Graham Swift
  • The Englishman's Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe

1997 Shortlist
  • A Heart So White by Javier Marias (translated by Margaret Jull Costa)
  • Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry  (R) 
  • Novel Without a Name by Duong Thu Huong
  • Declares Pereira by Antonio Tabucchi
  • A Tiler's Afternoon by Lars Gustaffson
  • The Good Negress byA. J. Verdelle
  • Morvern Callar by Alan Warner

1996 Shortlist
  • Remembering Babylon by David Malouf  (A) (R) 
  • Ghosts by John Banville
  • A Way in the World by V. S. Naipaul
  • The Following Story by Cees Noteboom (translated by Ina Rilke)
  • The Laws by Connie Palmen (translated by Richard Huijing)
  • The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago (translated by Giovanni Pontiero)
  • Away by Jane Urquhart

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