Jaap Robben was not shortlisted for the International Booker Prize on Thursday with the translation of his book



Last year, the prestigious prize went to the Dutch Marieke Lucas Rijneveld.

The six contenders for the Booker Prize

  • At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop

  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez

  • When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut

  • The Employees of Olga Ravn

  • In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova

  • The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard

The story of


is about thirteen-year-old Brian, who lives in a trailer with his relentless father.

Brian has an older brother named Lucien, who is mentally and physically handicapped and has lived in a home for years.

When this home is renovated, he has to spend the summer with his father and brother.

The care is mainly in the hands of Brian.

The book was published in the Netherlands in 2018.

The 36-year-old Robben made his debut in 2004 with

Two flies

, a collection of poems and columns.



debut novel


became a bestseller and the book's film rights were also sold.

Robben received the Dutch Book Trade Prize and the ANV Debutantenprijs, among others.

The Brooklyn Book Festival named


one of the top five debuts to release in the United States in 2018.

The International Booker Prize, which is accompanied by a cash prize of 50,000 pounds (57,000 euros), goes annually to a translated novel that has been published in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The award ceremony will take place on June 2, in the form of a digital event.