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IMPAC goes to Norway

Norwegian author Per Petterson has won this year’s IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, one of the world’s richest book prizes. Petterson won the €100,000 prize for his novel Out Stealing Horses; the book’s translator, Anne Born, will receive a quarter of the prize money. Per’s novel beat out seven other shortlisted titles, including Salman Rushdie’s Shalimar the Clown, Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George, and Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men.

No Canadian titles made the shortlist, though a dozen were among the 130-plus longlisted books. The sole Canadian to win an IMPAC is Alistair MacLeod, for No Great Mischief, in 2001.