4 African Writers nominated for Man Booker International Prize

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Four African authors are among 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize.

The finalists for the prestigious literary award were announced Tuesday by the chair of judges, Marina Warner, at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The African writers are Mia Couto of Mozambique, Marlene van Niekerk of South Africa, Ibrahim al-Koni of Libya and Alain Mabanckou of the Republic of Congo.

None of the writers has previously been up for the prize.

The Man Booker International Prize recognizes an author for their achievement in fiction. The winner will be announced in London on May 19, receiving a 60,000 pound prize (nearly $90,000)

Other finalists are Cesar Aira of Argentina, Maryse Conde of Guadeloupe, Amitav Ghosh of India, Fanny Howe of the United States of America, Laszlo Krasznahorkai of Hungary and Hoda Barakat of Lebanon.

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