Annie Ernaux, Olga Tokarczuk, Jokha Alharthi, Marion Poschmann, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Alia Trabucco Zerán are all in the running for the prize.
This year’s shortlist highlights the works of five female authors, as well as an all-female list of translators, originally published in Arabic, French, German, Polish and Spanish.
Ernaux, from France, is shortlisted for her acclaimed memoir The Years. Omani author Alharthi is in the running with Celestial Bodies, which tells the stories of three sisters in the village of al-Awafi in Oman.
Tokarczuk, the Polish winner of last year’s prize, is shortlisted this time for Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead, a thriller in which a woman investigates a string of murders.