Roy Jacobsen shortlisted to the Man Booker International Prize

We are thrilled to announce that Roy Jacobsen, who we represent in Italy on behalf of Cappelen Damm Agency, has been shortlisted to the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for his novel The Unseen – Congratulations to this wonderful author!

The Unseen will be published in Italy by Bompiani in the first months of 2018.

It is quite the achievement, being shortlisted along with authors like Dorthe Nors and Amos Oz. Roy Jacobsens down to earth and ultimately touching novel has really impressed readers in many countries – and there are more to come…

As Eileen Battersby of the Irish Times said it:

‘…as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read.(…) There is a unique universality about The Unseen. Jacobsen’s prose is beautiful, clean, poised and plain-speaking, but there are interludes of Shakespearean grandeur in the dazzling descriptions of storms. The family seems to accept these vicious tempests as necessary rituals. (…) Yes, there is a terrific story but it is the writing that will cause most readers to read this book at one sitting.‘

Fingers crossed for the win!

Read more about the prize and the other nominees here.