Shadow IFFP PRIZE jury 2012

After my reading for last years Independant foreign fiction prize and my involment with the shadow man Asian prize this year run by lisa .I ve decide to run a shadow jury for the IFFP 2012 .I ve asked a number of bloggers who like me love literature in translation to help to easier pressure of reading them all so if we all cover some at least every book will have a miniunum of two reviews and the fact that on this years list are three books over 600 pages means it is easier for us as it is a lot to read in the time frame of the prize , my fellow judges are –

Simon of inside books – Simon is a huge fan of world lit and has been blogging for a long time as his impressive list of writers show .a hidden gem of blogging and a really nice chap .

Mark of Eleutherophobia blog – mark is a huge fan of world lit he has so far covered from this years long listand is currently reading blooms of darkness .

scenes from a village

Please look after mother

Dreams of Ding Village

Gary of Parrish Lantern -Gary is a huge german and Japanese lit fan one of guys I look to for J lit .He is currently reading the Sjon novel .

Rob of robaroundbooks – Rob is the best on translation I know he read the shortlist the last two years .he is also the jellybiblophile keeper

Kinna of kinna reads another person with more depth on translation than me .

Lisa of ANZ lit lovers –lisa has read three books already and may read some if she can get them she is fast becoming a fan of world lit and ran the shadow man asian this year .

Iq84 all three but actually book one and two have made longlist .

Dreams of ding Village

Please look after mother

then there is me Stu the chair ,world lit fan I ve reviewed four titles so far –

Seven houses in france

Please look after mother

Parallel stories

New finnish grammar

So you see we have already reviewed six of the titles between us I hope to have Dreams of ding village and the next world novella up in the next week myself .

here is the longlist for 2012

1Q84 Books 1 and 2 Haruki Murakami Jay Rubin Harvill Secker Japanese
Alice Judith Hermann Margot Bettauer Dembo The Clerkenwell Press German
Blooms of Darkness Aharon Appelfeld Jeffrey M. Green Alma Books Hebrew
Dream of Ding Village Yan Lianke Cindy Carter Constable and Robinson Chinese
From the Mouth of the Whale Sjón Victoria Cribb Telegram Books Icelandic
Hate: A Romance Tristan Garcia Marion Duvert and Lorin Stein Faber & Faber French

New Finnish Grammar Diego Marani Judith Landry Dedalus Italian
Next World Novella Matthias Politycki Anthea Bell Peirene Press German

Parrallel Stories Peter Nadas Imre Goldstein Jonathan Cape Hungarian
Please Look After Mother Kyung-sook Shin Chi-Young Kim Weidenfeld & Nicolson Korean
Professor Andersen’s Night Dag Solstad Agnes Scott Langeland Harvill Secker Norwegian
Scenes From Village Life Amos Oz Nicholas De Lange Chatto & Windus Hebrew

Seven Houses in France Bernardo Atxaga Margaret Jull Costa Harvill Secker Spanish
The Emperor of Lies Steve Sem-Sandberg Sarah Death Faber & Faber Swedish
The Prague Cemetery Umberto Eco Richard Dixon Harvill Secker Italian

what books have you read ?


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tony
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 08:38:48

    Hi Stu 🙂 Happy to see the list is up (and very happy to see a Peirene Press nomination!). I’ve read three so far, and I’m hoping to read another couple at least – more if I can get any review copies 😉


  2. Nana Fredua-Agyeman
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 12:05:14

    This will be fun and a great idea. Good that bloggers also decided on what is best, so that we can compare with the final winner.


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  4. Parrish
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 19:56:45

    Hi Stu, great intro post concerning some great literature of which I hope to read a good few beyond those already got. Have posted my Intro on IFFP. (


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  6. Rise
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 07:10:06

    I’ve read the first 2 books of 1Q84. I’m not keen on it though.


  7. Anbolyn
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 22:31:12

    I love these shadow juries. I’ll look forward to seeing your picks.


  8. 1streading
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 19:41:58

    Sadly, I’ve only read two – 1Q84 and New Finnish Grammar – don’t think either will win. Just started Dream of Ding Village. Hope to read as many as possible as usual!


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