Ian McDonald's international success

The Djinn's Wife wins at the literary Oscars

Holywood writer Ian McDonald has won an international literary award for his novelette The Djinn’s Wife. The Hugos, known as 'the Oscars of the Sci-fi world', were announced at a prestigious ceremony in Yokohama, Japan.

'Brasyl' by Ian McDonaldThe Djinn’s Wife won the BSFA award in April this year and was also nominated for the Sturgeon Award. McDonald's novella Tendeleo’s Story won the Sturgeon Award in 2001.

Born 1960 in Manchester, McDonald lived in Bangor from an early age. He has written 12 novels including the acclaimed Desolation Road, Chaga and River of Gods. 'This is the big one,' says McDonald of the Hugo Award, 'And it goes to prove that writing from Northern Ireland can kick ass on a global scene.'

This award follows McDonald's success with most recent novel Brasyl, itself nominated for the Quill awards in the USA. Brasyl launched at No Alibis bookshop on Botanic Avenue in Belfast with an energetic Capoiera demonstration.

Brasyl has already been labeled 'outstanding' in Publishers Weekly, 'magnificent' in Booklist and called 'extraordinary' by SFRevu.

The Financial Times has praised the book, saying:

'River of Gods' by Ian McDonald'The elephant in Brasyl is an immense, marvellous beast whose shape comes slowly, majestically into focus… McDonald inhabits Brazil so thoroughly and uses its language so liberally that the prose at times reads closer to Portuguese than English.'

McDonald's River of Gods won the British Science Fiction Association award for best novel in 2004, with Publishers Weekly recognising McDonald as one of the most progressive and forward-thinking science fiction writers working today.

'River of Gods, set in near-future India, established McDonald as a leading writer of intelligent, multicultural SF, and in Brasyl he captures Latin America's mingled despair and hope. Chaotic, heartbreaking and joyous, this must-read teeters on the edge of melodrama, but somehow keeps its precarious balance.'

Brasyl is published by Gollancz, available in major bookshops from June 21.