Emily Ruskovich wins Dublin Literary Award

News - Prizes Thursday, 13 June 2019

Idaho wins world's richest literary award for a single work

The 2019 International Dublin Literary Award, at €100,000 the world's richest award for a single title, has gone to American author Emily Ruskovich for Idaho (Chatto/Vintage UK, Random House US).

Idaho, which was also shortlisted for the 2018 Dylan Thomas Prize, is about a couple who move to northern Idaho, an isolated mountain region. The judges - Eilis No Dhuibhne, Ge Yan, Evie Wyld, Martin Middeke and Hans-Christian Oeser, with Judge Eugene Sullivan as non-voting chair - said: "Ruskovich's masterful achievement is to narrate with consummate skill the complex series of events covering a time-span of more than 50 years. Empathy and love stand next to cruelty and crime. Individual guilt, trauma and pain are looming as large as eventual forgiveness and the ability to live in half-knowledge. Ultimately, Idaho evolves into a masterpiece on the redeeming and regenerative potential of music, poetry, literature and art."

Ruskovich's novel took the award ahead of a shortlist that also included works by Kamila Shamsie, Sally Rooney, Emily, Fridlund, Bernard MacLaverty, Jon McGregor, Mathias Enard, George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid, and Rachel Seiffert.

The award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council.

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