13 novels by authors from France, Spain, China, Georgia, Germany, Sweden, and other countries were longlisted for the prestigious award. In total, the judges considered 125 books this year.
The full 2021 International Booker longlist is as follows:
- The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili (Georgia)
- The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard (France)
- When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut (Chile)
- The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez (Argentina)
- The Perfect Nine: The Epic Gikuyu and Mumbi by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (Kenya)
- I Live in the Slums by Can Xue (China)
- The Employees by Olga Ravn (Denmark)
- An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky (Germany)
- In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova (Russia)
- At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop (France)
- Minor Detail by Adania Shibli (Palestine)
- Summer Brother by Jaap Robben (Netherlands)
- Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý (Sweden)
The shortlist will be announced on 22 April 2021, and the winner announced on 2 June 2021 in a virtual ceremony. The prize fund for the award is £50,000. The contribution of both author and translator is given equal recognition, and the prize is split evenly between them.