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2023 International Booker Nominees

March 2023

Five blue patterned strips of fabric on a beige background.
Textile sample book, nineteenth century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum Accession. Public Domain.

The 2023 International Booker longlist has been announced! While you’re waiting for the shortlist, dive into these eleven stories, essays, and interviews by the nominated authors and translators in the WWB archive.

By Eva Baltasar
Having a kid is the same as enrolling in a lifetime plan of suffering.
Translated from Catalan by Julia Sanches
By Guadalupe Nettel
If I was a cactus, what kind of plant was Midori?
Translated from Spanish by Rosalind Harvey
Invisible Crises
By Georgi Gospodinov
There is no way to cure melancholy with an antibiotic. Nor your personal depression with a financial injection.
Translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel
Tarot cards from the Rider Waite Tarot deck
Photo by Viva Luna Studios on Unsplash
The Presentiment
By Emiliano Monge
I like to imagine that, in this defining moment, as my grandfather struggled with the dead man’s sinews, he was able to calm his rage for a moment and laugh.
Translated from Spanish by Frank Wynne
A dark door cracked open to reveal bright red light
Photo by Dima Pechurin on Unsplash
Yun-Fan: Singing the Variety of Queer Life
By Wanning Chen
“When I was twenty-three, I met my first girlfriend, who then went off with a man after just four months—and eventually married him.”
Translated from Chinese by Jeremy Tiang