The longlist for the International Booker Prize, an award for the best translated work of fiction, has been announced, and includes books from 11 languages and 12 countries. The prize offers £50,000, split evenly between author and translator. The shortlist will be announced on April 22, with the winner announced on June 2.

This is the first time a book translated from an indigenous African language—Gikuyu, from Kenya—has been longlisted. The same book, The Perfect Nine: The Epic Gikuyu and Mumbi by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, is also the first book tapped for the prize that was written and translated by the same person. Among other languages, Spanish is represented twice; among U.S. publishers, New Directions Publishing had the most longlisted books, publishing four.

In announcing the longlist, the chair of the judges, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, said that 125 books were submitted for the prize this year. She noted several themes, including “migration, the pain of it, but also the fruitful interconnectedness of the modern world."

The 2021 International Booker Prize longlist is as follows: