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  1. For the booker prize, there is the advisory committee that then select the judges. The sponsor has a representative on the advisor committee but the prize is administered by a trust The advisory committee is listed at the bottom of this press release https://themanbookerprize.com/resources/media/pressreleases/judges-announced-2019-man-booker-international-prize
  2. Warning - this post might turn into a stream of consciousness. Booker prize here I come A very apt question as with this period, I think of as award season with booker international, women's prize, republic of conscience prize (who decided on joint winners this year), wellcome prize and Dublin literary award A lot of prizes is publishers nominating the book. The booker prize for example have rules based on previously listed books from publishers on how many they can nominate. The Dublin literary prize has it that libraries worldwide nominate, making a sillylying long longlist(150 books roughly) meaning award is given 2 years after books were published. Not sure what it takes for a book to win. I think topicality can be a factor. Anna burns' milkman is very good novel and I think also helped it for the booker was the current situation concerning northern ireland, brexit and border. Belladonna's success in Warwick prize for women in translation might have been influenced by judges on the rise of populism in Europe. At the end of the day, I think it is what the 5 judges liked best. A different panel of judges may come up with a different conclusion. Elsewhere, using the longlist of the man booker international, 5 bloggers decide on their own shortlist together. For me, when it comes to the prizes, I think it depends on what is my radar previously and what I thought of books from it that I already read. I gave up on last year's booker international prize as I had read 3 on the shortlist and liked one and disliked one and hated one (and the one I liked, I thought more a book for meditative purposes than book prize purposes) I wasn't enamoured to search out the others that made the shortlist as I didn't feel the link between my tastes and the judges tastes. While in 2017, I thought the two I read on the shortlist were excellent, read and liked 2 more before the prize announcement and then read the last 2 afterwards because I felt with the 2 on the shortlist, that I had similar preferences to the judging panel. I think that is the important thing, do I share the somewhat same preference of the judges
  3. Have a Rant!

    And we obtained specific assurances from the EU on issues and voted again based on the specific exclusions. These were areas that the Lisbon treaty didn't affect but some on the no campaign used to scaremonger people to vote no https://www.irishtimes.com/news/lisbon-assurances-the-text-in-full-1.784991?mode=amp
  4. Have a Rant!

    My summation elsewhere is This was an internal policy difference between Tories that cameron put in to the manifesto to appease eurosceptic backbenchers and it has turned into a national crisis for the UK. Cameron 2015 - I put this promise for a referendum in our manifesto but I didn't expect to win a majority and to be held to account on it Brexiteers 2016 - we made these promises (immigration, £350m for the NHS, taking back control) in the referendum but we didn't expect to win the referendum and be held to account on it. If you don't expect to win, you can promise the voters the world and never be held to account. This is standard political practice. We see it everywhere, parties who don't expect to win can make all the promises they want without being held to account. The trouble comes when they do win. Be wary of the magic wand politics.
  5. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    Today's splurging White shadow - Roy Jacobsen Mouthful of birds - samanta schweblin The transmigration of bodies - Yuri Herrera The remainder - alia trabucco zeran Frankenstein in Baghdad - Ahmed saddawi The polyglot lovers - lina Wolff The last one is from subscription service
  6. Have a Rant!

    Don't call the dup Irish to their faces, they would not like that at all.
  7. Review of four Soldiers by hubert Mingarelli, translated Sam Taylor Four Soldiers is set during the Russian Civil War in 1919, somewhere on the front near Romanian and as the title tells us, there are four soldiers as part of a company of the Red Army who have been ordered to the woods on the borders with Romania waiting for orders to decamp. There is the narrator from Kirov (well the city now known as Kirov), the intelligent Pavel who has made plans for the their hut for sleeping so that they are protected, Uzbek soldier Kyabine, a guy who really shouldn't gamble his tobacco in games of Dice as he doesn't win (a thought while reading is how can you lose so many games of Dice, which would be a game of chance?). Kyabine reminds me of lenny from Of Mice & Men, he is a very strong, diligent hardworker but not clever and then there is the quiet sifra who can put a gun together with his eyes closed. Threre is a guardedness to them when forced to take on a fifth soldier to their hut by the Lieutenant, a young teenager enlisted from the Lake Ladoga area but after they realise he isn't going any where, there is a paternal protectiveness towards the new recruit. the conditions are hard but with the help of each of the four working together in the base, they have made the best of what they can. For example, at there hut they have used tins to protect from rain and when they had been in retreat from the Polish front, they got a tarp for protection. The narrative is minimalist and Taylor's translation is similar to his superb translation of David foenkinos' Charlotte. There is a really good restraint to it and it works really well in this to create the feeling that as well as the reader, the soldiers in the sense of them waiting for orders but wanting to take it easy. As the song goes, the waiting is the hardest part. . another quote was from the war series generation war, the line being about after a while fighting for your friends and i got the real sense that the four soldiers main purpose now is not the cause of socialism, socialism never being mentioned, but they have stuck it out for each other, to be there for them. I thought this was a superb novel and finished it in one day (it is also only 150 pages. * * * * *
  8. what is everyone doing?

    When it comes to large books, for me they stay at home. Which explains why I am only half way through one I started on 2nd February
  9. what is everyone doing?

    It is really nice
  10. Review of Dry Season by Gabriela Babnik, translated by Rawley Grau There are some things that are unnerving though unimportant when you start reading a novel. One of those is when a difference in a character's name is spelt differently on the back of the book compared to the actual text of it, I know Ana is one letter away from Anna but it kind of puts me off rhythm. Anyway to the novel at hand, Dry Season by Gabriela Babnik is about a 62 year old Slovenian woman in Burkina Faso and she starts a relationship with a 27 year old local. I felt a disconnect to it, I just never got into the book when reading. I was bored reading this book, it didn't do anything for me apart from make my mind seek out distractions, like there is a horrendous line towards the end (third last page) which instead of me just finishing it ad me googling the bad sex award information. I just did not like this book. I think my 2 star rated might be a bit kind. * *
  11. Review of Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession This novel is about 2 friends, Leonard and Hungry Paul as they try to make their way in life. Leonard works writing encyclopedias without getting credit for it and his mother has just died so there is change in his life because of that while Hungry Paul's parents are approaching retirement age and his sister is getting married at Easter. He works as an occasional postman as he feels it wouldn't be fair for him to take up a full job from another person. They are friends and occassionally meet at Hungry Paul's to play board games. Life ensues, between the wedding, there are also in Hungry Paul's family, pushes to make him do more from the mild suggestions of his mother to the pushiness of his sister who for the sake of their parents want him to give them a life and break now that they are retiring. As part of moving on, Leonard develops feeling for the fire safety office at his work and him and her start going on a date or two. There is humour worked in to the novel, some scenes are very funny as are some lines. Particularly nice was one involving chocolates As a musician, Hession made 3 albums under the name Mumblin' Deaf Ro which were very good and it is really nice to see him writing novels. He uses a similar sensitivity in his voice as he did with the books (the start with Leonard's mother passing away reminded me of his song Cade Calf Call, a cade calf being a calf whose mother has died). A very good debut, I really enjoyed this book. It is a funny, coming of age novel about thirty somethings. An enjoyable read. * * * * 1/2 i don't usually read books as soon as they come out but circumstances transpired that this ended up being started the day I got it (I didn't have a book with me to read when I got it so basically within 15 minutes of buying it, I was reading it I do not regret it one bit as it is a really good novel)
  12. Currently Reading

    Freshwater by akwaeke emezi
  13. what is everyone doing?

    Sorry Meg to hear that
  14. Review of Kingdom Cons by Yuri Herrera, translated by Lisa Dillman This is a modern fable where the main character, the artiste becomes a part of the entourage of the king. What started as seeming to be a medieval system of king holding court, you learn this is not the case. It could be a drug lord or a mafia boss rather that a feudal system king. Herrera writes a short novel at about 100 pages on this as suspicion arises in the king's court and weaves a good story for an afternoon as love and crime and internal rivalries meet. A good afternoon read * * * *
  15. what is everyone doing?

    really cool