April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle award, was selected as one of eight finalists in the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, worth 100,000 euros (US$132,200).
Diaz joined David Leavitt and a mix of authors born in countries as diverse as France and Pakistan in the final round of the contest, billed as the world’s richest prize for a single work of fiction published in English.
Diaz, one of four Americans on the shortlist, first burst on the literary scene in 1996 with a book of short stories, “Drown.” He then spent 10 years writing “Oscar Wao” (Riverhead), the story of a geeky boy from a Dominican family who grows up in New Jersey, as Diaz did.
Leavitt was chosen for “The Indian Clerk” (Bloomsbury), a fictionalized account of the relationship between reclusive Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, a young clerk in Madras who turns out to be a math whiz.