McCormack is the fourth Irish author to take home the award and €100,000 prize. The novel, which was also longlisted for the Man Booker, was chosen from 150 titles nominated by libraries in 111 cities across 37 countries.
Solar Bones is about All Souls’ Day—which, in Ireland, is when the dead are said to return. About the book, the 2018 judging panel said: “Formally ambitious, stylistically dauntless and linguistically spirited, Solar Bones is a novel of extraordinary assurance and scope.”
The award, which is given to a novel written or translated into English, is sponsored by Dublin City Council and Dublin’s municipal government, and administered by Dublin City Public Libraries.
Bonus links: check out who made the International DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist.