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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Best Translated Book Award 2015 Longlist

Yes we may only be a few hours away from announcing the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Shadow Jury’s shortlist for 2015, but over the ocean in the USA, Three Percent have announced the longlist for the 2015 Best Translated Book Award.

This Award gives the winning author and the winning translator a cash prize of $5000 from Amazon. Personally I find the depth of this award more stimulating than the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize listings, however that is probably the subject of another post about the differences in the eligibility for the awards, the publishing, the judges etc.

From the longlist of twenty-five titles I have previously read and reviewed five, those titles being (click on the title to see my review)

The other twenty works are as follows:

Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt (tr. Denise Newman)

Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires by Julio Cortázar (tr. David Kurnick)

Pushkin Hills by Sergei Dovlatov (tr. Katherine Dovlatov)

1914 by Jean Echenoz (tr. Linda Coverdale)

Street of Thieves by Mathias Énard (tr. Charlotte Mandell)

Things Look Different in the Light by Medardo Fraile (tr. Margaret Jull Costa)

Monastery by Eduardo Halfon (tr. Lisa Dillman and Daniel Hahn)

Letters from a Seducer by Hilda Hilst (tr. John Keene)

Rambling On: An Apprentice’s Guide to the Gift of the Gab by Bohumil Hrabal (tr. David Short)

The Woman Who Borrowed Memories by Tove Jansson (tr. Thomas Teal and Silvester Mazzarella)

Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli (tr. Christina MacSweeney)

Adam Buenosayres by Leopoldo Marechal (tr.Norman Cheadle and Sheila Ethier)

Last Words from Montmartre by Qiu Miaojin (tr. Ari Larissa Heinrich)

Winter Mythologies and Abbots by Pierre Michon (tr.Ann Jefferson)

Talking to Ourselves by Andrés Neuman (tr. Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia)

Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret by Ondjaki (tr. Stephen Henighan)

La Grande by Juan José Saer (tr. Steve Dolph)

Paris by Marcos Giralt Torrente (tr. Margaret Jull Costa)

Snow and Shadow by Dorothy Tse (tr. Nicky Harman)

The Last Lover by Can Xue (tr. Annelise Finegan Wasmoen)

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 5 May with the winner being announced on Wednesday 27 May. I will get through a few of these before the winner is announced (with a number on my shelf already there is an incentive). Reviews will be posted here as I complete them. 

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