Friday, March 11, 2011

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Longlist. . .

The U.K. Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist has just been announced - always a great way to introduce yourself to some of the best of international fiction. I'm really happy to see some of my previous Dewey picks make the list, Daniel Kehlmann's Fame in particular, translated by Carol Brown Janeway. If you haven't read it yet - pick it up!  It's incredibly funny and astute about the nature of society's fleeting yet fanatical search for fame in this internet age.

Here's the rest of the 15 title longlist with their translators.   The shortlist will be announced on April 11th.  You can read one of the judge's summation of the literary richness of this list here.

Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck (translated by Susan Bernofsky, from the German)
Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras (Frank Wynne; Spanish)
To the End of the Land by David Grossman (Jessica Cohen; Hebrew)
Fame by Daniel Kehlmann (Carol Brown Janeway; German)
Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi(Adriana Hunter; French)
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk (Maureen Freely; Turkish)
I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson (Charlotte Barslund with Per Petterson; Norwegian)
Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo (Edith Grossman; Spanish)
Gargling with Tar by Jachym Topol (David Short; Czech)
The Sickness by Alberto Berrera Tyszka (Margaret Jull Costa; Spanish)
The Secret History of Costaguana by Juan Gabriel Vásquez  (Anne McLean; Spanish)
The Journey of Anders Sparrman by Per Wästberg (Tom Geddes; Swedish)
Lovetown by Michal Witkowski (W Martin; Polish)
Villain by Shuichi Yoshida (Philip Gabriel; Japanese)
Dark Matter by Juli Zeh (Christine Lo; German) - note that in North America, this book was published under the title In Free Fall

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