The Croatian-born Novakovich lives in Montreal and teaches creative writing at Concordia University.
He joins American author Marilynne Robinson, Israel’s Aharon Appelfeld and China’s Yan Lianke on the list for the award, an offshoot of Britain’s better-known Man Booker novel-of-the-year prize.
The Man Booker International Prize is awarded for a lifetime’s work and is open to authors of all nationalities whose work is available in English.
Previous winners of the $95,000 award include Canada’s Alice Munro, Nigeria’s Chinua Achebe and Philip Roth of the United States.
This year’s winner will be announced in London on May 22.
The finalists announced on Jan. 24 at the Jaipur Literary Festival in India also include Lydia Davis of the United States, Pakistan’s Intizar Husain, France’s Marie NDiaye and Indian writer U.R. Ananthamurthy.
Russia’s Vladimir Sorokin and Swiss writer Peter Stamm round out the list.
— With files from The Associated Press