We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Alia Trabucco Zerán’s debut novel The Remainder, translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes, has been shortlisted for the  Man Booker International Prize 2019!

Felipe sees dead bodies on every corner of the city, counting them up in an obsessive quest to square these figures with the official death toll. He is searching for the perfect zero, a life with no remainder. Iquela and Paloma, too, are searching for a way to live on. When the body of Paloma’s mother is lost in transit, the three take a hearse and a bottle of pisco up the cordillera for a road trip with a difference.

Intense, intelligent, and extraordinarily sensitive to the shape and weight of words, this remarkable debut presents a new way to count the cost of a pain that stretches across generations.

You can read an excerpt from The Remainder here

Alia Trabucco Zerán and Sophie Hughes are in great company, with the shortlist celebrating a list of esteemed authors and translators. The list spans five languages and is dominated by independent publishers, including Fitzcarraldo Editions, Sandstone Press, Serpent’s Tail, and ourselves, And Other Stories.

The Shortlist is as follows:

  • Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth, published by Sandstone Press
  • The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated from the French by Alison L. Strayer, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions
  • The Pine Island by Marion Poschmann, translated from the German by Jen Calleja, published by Serpents Tail
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions
  • The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean, published by MacLehose Press
  • The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes, published by And Other Stories

Congratulations to all shortlisted authors and translators. The winner will be announced at a dinner at the Roundhouse in London on 21 May.


When asked how it felt to be longlisted for the prize, Alia Trabucco Zerán said: ‘Seeing The Remainder on a list with extraordinary writers from such diverse places is an honour. The Remainder was in my mind for a long time even before I felt I could write it, so to see it travel and transform like this is unexpected and really beautiful.’

You can read the full interview here

You can listen to the Guardian Books Podcast, where Claire and Sian discuss the Man Booker Shortlist, here

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