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LONDON (Reuters) - John Le Carre, Philip Roth, Rohinton Mistry and Philip Pullman are among the 13 authors shortlisted for the biennial Man Booker International Prize which will be awarded on May 18 in Sydney.
The prize is worth 60,000 pounds ($96,000) to the winner, and living authors whose works of fiction are either originally in English or generally available in English translation are eligible.
It honors a writer's body of work as opposed to the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction which is awarded for a single book.
In 2011, Chinese writers feature in the shortlist for the first time in the form of Wang Anyi, who wrote "The Song of Everlasting Sorrow" published in 1996, and Su Tong, whose novella "Wives and Concubines" was the basis of the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated movie "Raise the Red Lantern."
Three U.S. authors appear -- Roth, Marilynne Robinson and Anne Tyler -- and three British -- James Kelman, le Carre and Pullman.
Previous winners of the award were Canadian writer Alice Munro (2009), Nigeria's Chinua Achebe (2007) and Albanian Ismail Kadare, who scooped the inaugural prize in 2005.
Following is a full list of this year's finalists:
Wang Anyi (China)
Juan Goytisolo (Spain)
James Kelman (UK)
John le Carre (UK)
Amin Maalouf (Lebanon)
David Malouf (Australia)
Dacia Maraini (Italy)
Rohinton Mistry (India/Canada)
Philip Pullman (UK)
Marilynne Robinson (US)
Philip Roth (US)
Su Tong (China)
Anne Tyler (US)
Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato