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The Corrections on Impac list
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Franzen upset Oprah Winfrey
US writers Jonathan Franzen and Orange Fiction Prize winner Ann Patchett have been shortlisted for the Impac literary award.

The award, which is voted for by librarians around the world, carries the largest winning prize for fiction of 100,000 euros (64,000).

Franzen, who is shortlisted for The Corrections, had a well-publicised spat with Oprah Winfrey after he refused to allow the book to be the talk show host's book of the month.

Although seen as an influential endorsement, Franzen said he was worried it would put off high-art readers.

Patchett's Bel Canto, a novel combining a terrorist siege and the world of opera, has already won the Orange Prize for Fiction, an award honouring women writers that came with a winning cheque of 30,000.

Dublin-born writer John McGahern's first novel in 12 years, That They May Face the Rising Sun, also made the cut from the 125-book longlist.

Also shortlisted for the Impac Prize are South African Achmat Dangor for Bitter Fruit and the Swede Per Olov Enquist for The Visit of the Royal Physician, translated by Tiina Nunnelly.

American Dennis Bock's novel about the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing of 1945 The Ash Garden is also vying for the Impac.

The Migrant Painter of Birds by Portuguese Lidia Jorge and translated by Margaret Jull Costa has been shortlisted, alongside My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk, translated from the Turkish by Erdag Goknar.

The winner will be chosen by an international panel of academics and writers and will be announced on 19 May.

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