The longlist of fifteen books for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize has just been announced. I'm particularly thrilled to see Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones, translated by Charlotte Mandell, on it. This book has received tons of polarized reviews and it's a tough read in terms of subject matter but I thought it was so ambitious, so astonishingly original and completely unforgettable. And what a feat of translation! Philippe Claudel's Brodeck , translated by John Cullen, is also on the list and on my to-be-read pile. It was one of Lahring's Dewey picks of the fall and I loved his last book By A Slow River, as well as his movie I've Loved You So Long. You can read the full longlist here.
The finalists for the Commonwealth Writers' Prizes have also been announced. Michael Crummey has won the Best Novel category for the Canada/Caribbean region with Galore. And Shandi Mitchell has won in the Best First Novel category for Under This Unbroken Sky. They now go up against the winners from the other regions. Full information can be found here.