Books to read now: the Man Booker International shortlist reviewed

We look at the contenders for the international literary award, the winner of which will be announced on June 14

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The cultural cross-pollination between east and west is explored in a tale that offers rare delights

A tale about an Israeli stand-up comedian is a searing dissection of the dangerous functions of humour

The quiet island life of a Norwegian family is evoked in sparse, sublime prose

The tale of a middle-aged woman learning to drive is told with wit and insight

A bold novel that takes the betrayal story of the Gospels into 20th-century Israel

A traumatic period in Argentina’s recent past is revisited by two writers who mix realism with horror movie tropes