Thursday, June 17, 2010

2010 Impac Dublin Literary Award Announced. . .

Hooray! The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, translated by David Colmer, has just won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, one of the richest book awards in the world (Bakker wins €100,000 and Colmer also garners €25,000 for his translation). I haven't yet read this, but it's been recommended to me by so many people who really loved it. And of course I have ultimate faith in the librarians who nominated this for the longlist in the first place. Hopefully this win will put Bakker on the literary world map (among those who don't already avidly read and love international fiction where he is well known), in much the same way the IMPAC prize helped Per Petterson's profile when he won for Out Stealing Horses.

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