2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist announced

March 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

This past Friday, the longlist for the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced (the shortlist of six will be announced April 8).  Four of the titles I’ve read before (three in translation, one in Spanish) and this looks to be a promising list.  After Easter, when I will start buying books again, I’ll look into covering at least the finalists, time permitting).

Sinan Antoon, The Corpse Washer (Arabic; translated by the author) Yale University Press

Hassan Blasim, The Iraqi Christ (Arabic; trans. Jonathan Wright) Comma Press

Julia Franck, Back to Back (German; trans. Anthea Bell) Harvill Secker

Sayed Kashua, Exposure (Hebrew; trans. Mitch Ginsberg) Chatto & Windus

Hiromi Kawakami, Strange Weather in Tokyo (Japanese; trans. Allison Markin Powell) Portobello Books (I read this last year as The Briefcase; 2012 Man Asian Prize finalist)

Karl Ove Knausgaard, A Man in Love (Norwegian; trans. Don Bartlett) Harvill Secker

Andrej Longo, Ten (Italian; trans. Howard Curtis) Harvill Secker

Ma Jian, The Dark Road (Chinese; trans. Flora Drew) Chatto & Windus

Andreï Makine, Brief Loves that Live Forever (French; trans. Geoffrey Strachan) MacLehose Press

Javier Marías, The Infatuations (Spanish; trans. Margaret Jull Costa) Hamish Hamilton (Read in Spanish when it came out; also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award, to be announced this week)

Hubert Mingarelli, A Meal in Winter (French; trans. Sam Taylor) Portobello Books

Yoko Ogawa, Revenge (Japanese; trans. Stephen Snyder) Harvill Secker

Audur Ava Ólafsdóttir, Butterflies in November (Icelandic; trans. Brian FitzGibbon) Pushkin Press

Jón Kalman Stefánsson, The Sorrow of Angels (Icelandic; trans. Philip Roughton) MacLehose Press

Birgit Vanderbeke, The Mussel Feast (German; trans. Jamie Bulloch) Peirene Press
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