Tomorrow see’s the official independent foreign fiction short-list comes out .So we decide to announce ours today as with last year we choose to read as many if not all the 15 long listed books from the 2014 list and we have reviewed them my fellow jurors David ,Tony reading ,Tony messy ,Jacqui (who has been guesting on all or blogs ) and Bellezza .SO we have read ,given scores and dissected this years long list.We have yet again made a short-list of our own from the 15 books on the list just to show the strength of the list and how it can be viewed by different readers  .Its been a journey from Japan ,china ,Iraq ,Germany ,Spain among the few stops .We tackled connect story collections ,memories of Russian youth ,a family waiting for a husband to return ,a son following his fathers footsteps and a stories around the ten commandments .SO after all that we look at the book ,the translation and the long lasting nature of the book for the first time it is hard thing to say but we can try and sense if a book will hang around or just disappear from view .so with out further a do I present the shadow IFFP SHORTLIST ,we will choose our winner from these six books .

The infatuations by Javier Marias .

the infatuations

A women’s journey with a couple she see’s evry day at a cafe ,it shows the difference in what we view and what is real .

My review 

Brief loves that live forever by Andrei Makine

Brief loves that live forever

A russian youth partly remembered in a collection of short stories ,touching in points .

My review 

The Sorrow of angels by Jon Kalman Stefansson

the sorrow of angels

An eerie tale of 19th century Iceland where reality and myth seem to cross .My review this week

The Mussel feast by  Birgit Vanderbeke

the mussel feast

A wonderful insight into an east german family as the wall is falling .But where is the father ?

My review 

A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard

A man in Love

Part two of the Epic my struggle we see Karl in the book struggling with the early years of fatherhood .

My review

The Corpse washer by Sinan Antoon

The Corpse Washer

A son tries to escape his father’s life with art but the war in Iraq and his mother being ill draw him back to being a corpse washer .

My review

Well that is our list ,you will have to wait to tomorrow to see what matches up with the Official Iffp list .

Which of these six have you read ?


24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MarinaSofia
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 11:41:37

    I agree with your choices – these books really do sound wonderful (haven’t read a couple of them, but intend to).


  2. Lisa Hill
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 13:22:01

    All very tempting indeed! I think The Mussel Feast appeals to me most, partly because it was such an experience to be in Berlin in 2012 and see the remnants of that wall. It made us very thoughtful indeed, and I would love to see how the Fall is treated in fiction.
    Thanks for bringing us all these great reviews, Stu. I missed not joining in this year, but I really couldn’t manage it while I’m doing the Great Books course at uni.


  3. 1streading
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 20:08:46

    I felt a bit inadequate having only read 3 of the 15 long list, but better that I’d read 3 of the 6 on your short list!
    As you know, Sorrow of Angels was not to my taste but I can see its qualities. Still hope to read The Corpse Washer. Looks like a good selection to me.


  4. Bellezza
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 21:08:05

    I have ordered The Corpse Washer; it did not arrive in time to read any sooner. But, I look forward to discovering it soon.

    It has been such a pleasure to read with you and the other members of the Shadow Jury, Stu. Thank you for hosting this event, it’s the most exciting reading I’ve done in a long, long time, and all the better to participate in it with reading friends.


  5. Claire 'Word by Word'
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 19:27:05

    I have only read The Mussel Feast and thought it was excellent! An excellent lineup and love that you are all shadowing it. Thanks for sharing.


  6. BookerTalk
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 20:18:37

    Oh dear the answer is none. I have Infatuations on the shelf waiting to be read. Hope that counts for something! Do you have a favourite?


  7. Richard
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 13:37:19

    Have you seen the official list yet? I’m a little surprised that Marías didn’t make the cut and also that “Revenge” did. My money is on Knausgaard or “The Mussel feast” for this one.


  8. jacquiwine
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 16:06:10

    I’m hoping to get to The Corpse Washer later this week as our library system tells me it’s finally on its way here!

    It been a delight to read along with you and the other members of the shadow group. Thanks so much for having me along on this literary trip and for publishing some of my thoughts as guest posts.


  9. jacquiwine
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 06:53:16

    Thank you, Lisa! That’s very kind of you to say. It’s been great fun to be part of the shadow group and I’ve certainly enjoyed doing a few reviews!


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