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
The snowman by Jo Nesbo
The last brother by Nathacha Appanah
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 )