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Kevin Barry wins €100,000 Impac prize for literature

Kevin Barry wins €100,000 Impac prize for literature
City of Bohane by Irish author Kevin Barry has won the 2013 International Impac Dublin Literary Award.
The award is organised by Dublin City Libraries, on behalf of Dublin City Council and sponsored by international management productivity company, Impac. Its €100,000 prize is the largest prize for a single novel published in English. The award receives its nominations from public libraries around the globe.
Barry is from Limerick and lives in Sligo. He is the author of two award winning short story collections. City of Bohane is his first novel.
"I’m thrilled to see an Irish author of such immense talent take home this year’s award,” said Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, who announced the winner at a ceremony in Dublin's Mansion House last night. “City of Bohane is a vivid, atmospheric portrayal of a city in the West of Ireland set in the future but mired in the past. The highly original cast of characters are at once flamboyant and malevolent, speaking in a vernacular like no other.”
The winning novel was up against 153 other titles, nominated by 160 libraries from 44 countries. It was first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape. . It is open to novels written in any language and by authors of any nationality, provided the work has been published in English or English translation in the specified time period as outlined in the rules and conditions for the year.
The other shortlisted novels were The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq (France), Pure by Andrew Miller (UK), 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Japan), The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (US), The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips (US), Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (US), From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón (Iceland), The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am by Kjersti Skomsvold (Norway), and Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa (The Netherlands).
Barry is the third Irish author to win the prize. He follows Colm Tóibín who won in 2006 for The Master and Colum McCann in 2011 for Let the Great World Spin.
“The fact that this award originates with the libraries is what makes it very special for me – libraries are where we learn that we can live our lives through books,” said Barry.
“Kevin Barry's Ireland of 2053 is a place you may not want to be alive in but you'll certainly relish reading about,” said the judges. “This is not a future of shiny technology but one in which history turns in circles and quirks an eyebrow at the idea of 'progress'.”
City of Bohane was nominated by Cork, Dublin and Limerick City Libraries.