‘Han Kang’s The Vegetarian is the finest book on a very good shortlist.’

Misgivings aside about amalgamating two important literary prizes appear to have been silenced by the newly reconstituted award’s inaugural shortlist.(...)

International Dublin Literary Award: the 10 books on the shortlist

First the good news: the judging panel of the International Dublin Literary Award is to be congratulated on including in this year’s shortlist, which (...)

Novelist Javier Cercas: ‘I’ve often asked if we Spanish deserve Cervantes. Now I know we don’t.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

He is widely hailed as the Spanish language’s greatest ever writer and a man whose books transformed fiction across the globe. But as the 400th anni(...)

Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

Juan Gabriel Vásquez can’t stop smiling, but it’s a calm, serene smile. The kind of smile that says “it is very nice to win another prize”. He has (...)