winstons coffee its IFFP LONGLIST WEEK

This week see’s the Independent Foreign fiction Longlist week ,this year the Award has been taken over by the Booktrust ,they have a site dedicated to translated fiction .Last yeas was a strong year in Translation I thought ,a number of new publishers and some strong books from established publishers make it a hard call who will be on the list but here are a few I ll pick –

Beside the sea by Veronique Olmi

A heartbreaking story set in the french seaside of a mother and her sons .

The inheirtance by Peter stefan Jungk

A tight tale of a man trying to get his inheritance in south america

The weekend by Bernhard Schlink

A man faces his red army faction past over the course of a weekend .

The Patience stone by Atiq Rahmi


A women faces the horrors of life in Afghanistan.

Stones in a landslide by Maria Barbal

A young women in the Pyrenees we see her life over a space of 130 pages .

The snowman by Jo Nesbo

The new Steig Larsson ? a series of murder in Norway and a world-weary detective .

The last brother by Nathacha Appanah

A unkown piece of Jewish history in Mauritius as two boys grow close .

These are a few I liked last year here is last years longlist and winner .

Boris Akunin The Coronation (translated by Andrew Bromfield from the Russian) Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Ketil Bjørnstad To Music (Deborah Dawkin & Erik Skuggevik; Norwegian) Maia Press

Hassan Blasim The Madman of Freedom Square (Jonathan Wright; Arabic) Comma Press

Philippe Claudel Brodeck’s Report (John Cullen; French) MacLehose Press

Julia Franck The Blind Side of the Heart (Anthea Bell; German) Harvill Secker

Pietro Grossi Fists (Howard Curtis; Italian) Pushkin Press

Elias Khoury Yalo (Humphrey Davies; Arabic) MacLehose Press

Jonathan Littell The Kindly Ones (Charlotte Mandell; French) Chatto & Windus

Alain Mabanckou Broken Glass (Helen Stevenson; French) Serpent’s Tail

Javier Marías Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell (Margaret Jull Costa; Spanish) Chatto & Windus

Yoko Ogawa The Housekeeper and the Professor (Stephen Snyder; Japanese) Harvill Secker

Claudia Piñeiro Thursday Night Widows (Miranda France; Spanish) Bitter Lemon Press

Sankar Chowringhee (Arunava Sinha; Bengali) Atlantic

Rafik Schami The Dark Side of Love (Anthea Bell; German) Arabia Books

Bahaa Taher Sunset Oasis (Humphrey Davies; Arabic) Sceptre

The winner was the Twin ,a well deserved winner .

What books do you think will be on the list ?

(If i don’t get back today it’s because I m travelling to Scotland ,will answer all comments ASAP )


March 2011


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