Gauz, who is the only author of African descent on the list, was nominated for his book, Debout-Payé, translated by Frank Wyne as Standing Heavy.
By Hope Ibiale
Ivorian writer, Gauz, has been announced as one of the writers longlisted for the International Booker Prize. The writer, who is the only author of African descent on the list, was nominated for his book, Debout-Payé, translated by Frank Wyne as Standing Heavy. The longlist will be trickled down to a shortlist of six books which will be announced on Tuesday, April 18, while the winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Sky Garden in London on May 23, 2023.
Some other longlisted books include Still Born by Guadalupe Nettel, Pyre by Perumal Murugan, While We Were Dreaming by Clemens Meyer, The Birthday Party by Laurent Mauvignier, Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, Whale by Cheon Myeong-kwan, and many others.
In a statement released by the chair of the judges, Leïla Slimani, she noted, “The list is a celebration of the power of language and of authors who wanted to push formal enquiry as far as possible. We wanted to celebrate literary ambition, panache, originality and, of course, through this, the talent of translators who have been able to convey all of this with great skill.”
Gauz, whose real name is Patrick Armand-Gbaka Brede, is an Ivorian writer, poet, filmmaker, photographer, and editor of a satirical Ivorian economic newspaper. His debut novel, Debout-Payé, translated by Frank Wyne as Standing Heavy, won the Le prix des libraires. His other works include Black Manoo and Camarade Papa.
The International Booker Prize, formerly known as the Man Booker International Prize, is an annual literary prize awarded to excellent works of fiction from around the world, translated into English and published in Ireland or the UK. The winner and their translator will walk away with a cash prize of £50,000, while the shortlisted authors and translators will each receive £2,500.
Slimani, Tan Twan Eng, Frederick Studemann, Parul Sehgal, and Uilleam Blacker are judges of this year’s edition of the International Booker Prize.