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Red Dog Longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize

Posted 12th Mar 2020

Hello Pushkin fans! Great news from HQ this morning: Willem Anker and his translator Michiel Heyns have made the 2020 International Booker Prize longlist with RED DOG, their fierce novel about legendary South African frontiersman, Coenraad de Buys.

We’re honoured to be listed alongside so many authors, translators and publishers that we admire. We are especially proud of all the independent presses, like ourselves, who are dominating the nominations to create some of the most exciting, diverse stories out there! A huge thanks goes out to the Booker Prize judges for giving us this recognition.


‘A novel of serpentine, swashbuckling sentences that capture the mounting cruelty of the colonial project’ – International Booker Prize judges


A legend, a polygamist, a swindler and a big talker; Coenraad de Buys is a rebel who fights with Xhosa chieftains against the Boers and British; the fierce patriarch of a sprawling mixed-race family with a veritable tribe of followers; a savage enemy and a loyal ally. Like the wild dogs who are always at his heels, he roams the shifting landscape of southern Africa, hungry and spoiling for a fight.

And we thought you might like to meet him…

Read the first few pages of Red Dog here.