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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. 

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.