Well the four weeks since the longlist was announced and us of the shadow jury have read and digest all the books on the longlist between us .I read the remaining nine books from the longlist I d not read before and have reviewed eight of them .So after we all scored the books partly for story and partly for translation for this first round we came up with the shadow shortlist which was chosen from seven books one missing out by a fraction of a point .Next round we will be discussing and not scoring the boos so here is our shortlist –
The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist this year has once again shown us just how powerful and emotive translated fiction can be. The overall tone of this year’s Prize has been a dark and sombre one, with many of titles taking us back to reflect on the horrors of the past. As such the reading experience has been wholly affecting, and it has proven to be no easy task in reducing the longlist down to a final selection of six.
Encapsulated in our final ‘shadow’ shortlist selection is what we feel to be the cream of the crop of this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. These are the six titles which not only fully demonstrate the range and scope of this year’s Prize, but they also stand as a glowing example of what can be achieved when writer and translator form the perfect bond.
Parallel Stories by Peter Nadas translator Imre Goldstein .
Sex and violence behind in cold war era central Europe
Scenes From Village life by Amos Oz translator Nicholas De Lange
A Israeli village from the point of view of an old man
The Prague cemetery by Umberto Eco translator Richard Dixon
A master of evil pulls the stings in 19th century europe
From the mouth of the whale by Sjon translator Victoria Cribb
Birds whales and one chap in 17th century Iceland
Next world Novella by Mattihas Politycki translator Anthea Bell
Married is it what we think ,she dies he finds out
Seven Houses in france by Bernardo Atxaga translator Magaret Jull Costa
Heart of the Congo it is really dark .
So that is our fab six we will be choice our winner from this and also choosing a winner from the proper booktrust IFFP shortlist out tomorrow .Lets compare our lists then .
thanks to my fellow judges so far –