The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Long-List

Another day, another fiction prize longlist.  Are you getting tired of my posting these?  For me they’ve been a great (and easy) resource for books that have been translated into English, as well as what’s been going on in foreign fic in general, over the past year that it seemed a shame not to share information.

This particular list of 15 books was published on March 9th.  The Independent is a UK newspaper.  Its Foreign Fiction Prize has been around since 2001 and was designed “to honor contemporary fiction in translation in the United Kingdom”.  I learned about it from SavidgeReads & GavReads on The Readers podcast.  What got my attention was the inclusion of two books I missed from the Best Translated Book Award - Sjón From the Mouth of the Whale and Umberto Eco’s The Prague Cemetery.  (To be fair, I don’t think the Sjón novel was published in the U.S.).

  • Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfed (translated from Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green)
  • Seven Houses in France by Bernardo Atxaga (translated from Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa)
  • The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (translated from Italian by Richard Dixon)
  • Hate: a romance byTristan Garcia (translated from French by Marion Duvert & Lorin Stein)
  • Alice by Judith Hermann (translated from German by Margot Bettauer Dembo)
  • New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani (translated from Italian by Judith Landry)
  • 1Q84: Books 1 & 2 by Haruki Murakami (translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin)
  • Parallel Stories by Peter Nadas (translated from Hungarian by Imre Goldstein)
  • Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz (translated from Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange)
  • Next World Novella by Matthias Politycki (translated from German by Anthea Bell)
  • The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg (translated from Swedish by Sarah Death)
  • Please Look After Mother by Kyung-sook Shin(translated from Korean by Chi-Young Kim)
  • From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón (translated from Icelandic by Victoria Cribb)
  • Professor Andersen’s Night by Dag Solstad (translated from Norwegian by Agnes Scott Langeland)
  • Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke (translated from Chinese by Cindy Carter)

I keep hearing good things about New Finnish Grammar, so that’s one that will definitely be going on my TBR list.  Have you read any of the longlist-ers that you recommend (or not)?

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Rule, Britannia!

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II were officially inaugurated in the UK last month.   It’s the centennial of Charles Dickens birth.  Plus, the 2012 Orange Prize Longlist will be announced on Thursday.

I’m feeling a bout of Anglophilia coming on!

And it just so happens that three books – all with connections back to the Isle of Albion – are coming out this Spring/Summer that I can’t wait to tell you about.  Too soon for the full reviews…so you’ll have to make do with teasers and the release dates (though I’m sure number 2 on my list will shock no one).

   The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen (available April, 2012).  This is a first novel for Grace McCleen – an author and singer/songwriter who lives in London, England.  It’s getting quite a bit of attention on both sides of the Atlantic. A 10-year-old narrator with a bully problem, a miniature town built from scraps and a mystical initiation of the End of Days: The Land of Decoration could be the Book Club read of the Summer.

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (available May, 2012).  The sequel to Wolf Hall focuses on the downfall of Anne Boleyn and what it cost Thomas Cromwell to bring that about.    I love Mantel’s prose and have a bit of a crush on Cromwell, so I’m counting the days until I clasp those 432 pages in my grubby little hands.

City of Ravens: The Extraordinary History  of London, the Tower and its Famous Birds by Boria Sax (available July, 2012).  Legend has it that London will fall if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London.  Sax delves into the foundation of that story and a host of others about these enormous (and scary looking) black birds.

Have a book to add to the list?  A new release you’re looking forward to or an old favorite everyone should read?  Tell us about it in the comments below.

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