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Rich book award names shortlist
2004 winner Tahar Ben Jelloun
Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun won the award in 2004
Authors including Damon Galgut, Shirley Hazzard and Jonathan Lethem have been nominated for the world's richest literary prize, the Impac Award.

Their works were among 10 books shortlisted for the 100,000 euro (69,000) prize, to be awarded in June.

Other nominees include Pulitzer winner Edward P Jones, Dutch author Arnon Grunberg, German writer Christoph Hein and South African Diane Awerbuck.

Frances Itani, Douglas Glover and Lars Saabye Christensen complete the list.

Booker contender

Galgut is nominated for The Good Doctor, which was also in the running for the Booker Prize in 2003.

Hazzard is in contention for her 2003 National Book Award-winning work The Great Fire, while National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jonathan Lethem is listed for The Fortress of Solitude.

The International Impac Dublin Literary Award is open to novels written in any language by authors of any nationality, provided the book has been published in or translated into English.

Last year's prize was won by Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun's This Blinding Absence of Light, about an underground prison in the deserts of Morocco.

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