Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize Shortlist 2011

Source: Book Trade, 4-4-11

The Jewish story of exile and displacement is more current and resonant than ever before, as shown by this year’s winning titles for the Booker and Costa Biography Award.

The shortlist for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2011 maps the Jewish story across time and borders, from Baghdad to the Palais Ephrussi, and from the lush Galilee to a desolate post-war German village through the dark shadow of Christian anti-Semitism.

The shortlist is as follows:

· To the End of the Land by David Grossman (Jonathan Cape)

· The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (Bloomsbury)

· Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (Chatto)

· The Dove Flyer by Eli Amir (Halban)

· Trials of the Diaspora by Anthony Julius (OUP)

· Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck (Portobello)

Chair of the Judging panel Lisa Appignanesi commented “It must be a reflection of the excellence of the books to hand that our short-list judging meeting proved so exhilarating I wanted the discussion to go on and on. But all good voyages have their terminus. The list we arrived at with great consensual enthusiasm is a truly remarkable one: four superb novels, each one extraordinary in its own way; a scintillating memoir, and an argumentative extravaganza that attacks its dark subject with zest.”

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on June 6th. Previous winners include Amos Oz, David Grossman, Zadie Smith, Imre Kertesz, Oliver Sacks, WG Sebald…READ MORE

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