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 )


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maphead
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 21:29:00

    I read The Patience Stone last year and rather enjoyed it. The other books you listed look VERY promising. Might have to check them out too !


  2. Gavin
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 22:38:24

    There are many titles on this list I’d like to read. I did read The Housekeeper and The Professor and I have a copy of Beside the Sea but I need to read more books in translation!


  3. Lisa Hill
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 09:02:33

    I’ve read (and reviewed on my blog) The Twin, and Beside the Sea, and I have The Patience Stone on my TBR, but the rest, well I wish I were as widely read in translation as you are, Stu!
    (But I *am* improving, thanks to your inspirational blog. Last year I only read 6 in translation for the whole year, and this year I’ve read 4 already and it’s only March.)


  4. kimbofo
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 17:18:25

    Some great titles on your predicted list, Stu. Do you have a favourite — one title that you’d like to see win?


  5. Jackie (Farm Lane Books)
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 18:18:34

    Wouldn’t it be nice if all the Peirene books made the list?!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that at least a few make it.

    I’m not exactly sure which books are eligible, but I’d like to see Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu and The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Rafik Schami on the list too.


  6. amymckie
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 19:46:14

    A long list of great sounding books here, thank you for sharing.


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