Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013

The long- list for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced on Saturday as follows:

The Detour, by Gerbrand Bakker; tr from the Dutch by David Colmer
Bundu, by Chris Barnard; tr. from the Afrikaans by Michiel Heyns
HHhH, by Laurent Binet; tr. from the French by Sam Taylor
Trieste, by Dasa Drndic; tr. from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac
Cold Sea Stories, by Pawel Huelle; tr. from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
The Murder of Halland, by Pia Juul; tr. from the Danish by Martin Aitken
The Fall of the Stone City, by Ismail Kadare; tr. from the Albanian by John Hodgson
In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa; tr. from the Arabic by Leri Price
A Death in the Family, by Karl Ove Knausgaard; tr. from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett
Satantango, by Laszlo Krasznahorkai; tr. from the Hungarian by George Szirtes
Black Bazaar, by Alain Mabanckou; tr. from the French by Sarah Ardizzone
The Last of the Vostyachs, by Diego Marani; tr. from the Italian by Judith Landry
Traveller of the Century, by Andrés Neuman; tr. from the Spanish by Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garcia
Silent House, by Orhan Pamuk; tr. from the Turkish by Robert Finn
The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez; tr. from the Spanish by Anne McLean
Dublinesque, by Enrique Vila-Matas; tr. from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey & Anne McLean

This year I’ve read a grand total of three of the books already:

Trieste
The Fall of the Stone City
Dublinesque (unfortunatley no review for this)

Four of the books are also on the long-list for the Best Translated Book Award: A Death in the Family (published in the US as My Struggle); Santantango; Traveller of the Century; and Dublinesque.

As last year, I intend to read as many as I can, although this does tend to favour the shorter texts – unfortunate as I would imagine that Traveller of the Century must be one of the front-runners. I may just have to hope it makes it to the short-list next month!

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