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Man Gone Down wins Impac Dublin Literary Award

Man Gone Down

Story by Jack Foley

MAN Gone Down, the debut novel by American writer Michael Thomas, has won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most lucrative literary prize.

The book was chosen from a shortlist of eight novels to take the 100,000 euro (£85,000) prize.

Thomas’ novel chronicles the fortunes of an unnamed 30-something man who, penniless and estranged from his wife and three children, finds himself with just four days to keep his family afloat.

It’s a reflection on the difficulty of attaining the American dream for a man of African-American ethnicity.

Writer and judge James Ryan praised Thomas for his “enthralling voice and startling insight”.

The author, who was born and raised in Boston, was selected from 145 books nominated by libraries from 41 countries.

The International Impac Dublin Literary Award is open to novels published in the preceding year, written in any language by authors of any nationality, provided the book has been published in, or translated into, English.

Other shortlisted works included The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen and Animal’s People by Indra Sinha.

The complete shortlist was…

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen
Ravel by Jean Echenoz
Animal’s People by Indra Sinha.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Archivist’s Story by Travis Holland
The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas