The 2010 shortlists for both The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and The IMPAC were announced last week while I was away.
The books on the shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize are:
- Brodeck’s Report by Philippe Claudel (tr. John Cullen; French) – a story of post Second World War France narrated by a survivor of Nazi concentration camps.
- The Blind Side of the Heart (tr. Anthea Bell; German) – about a woman who cuts emotionally ties with her 7-year old son
- Fists by Pietro Grossi (tr. Howard Curtis; Italian) – a collection of three stories about young boys and their transformation into young adults.
- Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou (tr. Helen Stevenson; French) – about the patrons, including one nicknamed Broken Glass, of a run-down bar in the Congo
- Chowringhee by Sankar (tr. Arunava Sinha; Bengali) – story of a group of individuals who operate an exclusive hotel in Calcutta
- The Dark Side of Love by Rafik Schami (tr. Anthea Bell; German) – a story of forbidden love set against the background of Arabic culture
The winners – the writer and the translator of the winning book – will be announced on May 13, 2010.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is one of my favorites award schemes. The prize is open to the whole world so it is a gem for discovering new translated works. Nominations can only be made by libraries, which is great, so one assumes that indirectly readers can influence the nominations. The books on this year’s shortlist are:
- The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch) in translation.
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (French) in translation.
- In Zodiac Light by Robert Edric (British)
- Settlement by Christoph Hein (German) in translation.
- The Believers by Zoë Heller (British).
- Netherland by Joseph O’Neill (Irish)
- God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin (British)
- Home by Marilynne Robinson (American)
Have you read any of these books? Have plans to read any?