This is certainly the time of year for Award literary announcements, I’ve skipped posting quite a few of them here given their lack of “translated” bent.
PEN America yesterday announced their Longlists for all their awards (for more details on these go to http://www.pen.org/2015-pen-literary-awards-longlist ) however I’ll simply announce the ten books selected for the PEN Translation Prize ($3,000 “for a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2014”). Sports book battles for $5,000 - hmmmm - no comment.
Witold Gombrowicz – Trans-Atlantyk (translated by Danuta Borchardt)
Josep Pla – The Gray Notebook (tr Peter Bush)
Andrei Bitov – The Symmetry Teacher (tr Polly Gannon)
Thierry Cruvellier – The Master of Confessions (tr Alex Gilly)
Leonardo Padura – The Man Who Loved Dogs (tr Anna Kushner)
I Ching – (tr John Minford)
Anja Marie Aidt – Baboon (tr Denise Newman)
Carmen Boullosa – Texas: The Great Theft (tr Samantha Schnee)
Marie NDiaye – Self Portrait in Green (tr Jordan Stump)
Tove Jansson – The Woman Who Borrowed Memories (tr Thomas Teal and Silvester Mazzarella)
Reading and reviewing these works is a different matter – I may get to some of them, keep your eyes peeled.