Winstonsdad Longlist Guess for the IFFP 2013

Well it’s that time of year when the Independent Foreign fiction prize longlist is announced and I m going to do my annual guessing for it .I want to say 2012-2013 has in my humble opinion has been one of the brightest years in recent times so without further ado I’m going try to guess what will make the longlist and when the list is announced tomorrow how many I have got right –

Certain –


Satantango by László Krasznahorkai

Well this is the book ,I ve read twice and it is the best book from the last twelve month .A man returns to a remote collective farming village after two years away but has he changed is he the devil .

hhhh laurent binet

HHhH BY Laurent Binet

Probably the most talked about translation in the last twelve months ,two men set of to kill a notorious Nazi Officer .


Dublinesque – Enrique Vila-Matas

One of the most well-known names in Spanish Literature returns with a new translation and his Homage to Ireland and to the fiction of James Joyce .

Death in the Family, A

My struggle part one(A death in the family ) by Karl Ove Knausgaard

The first of five books that kept Norway hooked for the last few year part bio part fiction .Proust for a modern age .

three strong women

Three strong women by Marie Ndiaye 

The Prix Goncourt from 2009 finally reached us in English the story of three African women show how hard life can be gripping stuff .

traveller of the century

Traveller of the Century by Andres Neuman 

An Argentina writer I had look forward to in English didn’t disappoint a mix of Latin american and Europe set in a medieval Europe .

seven years peter stamm

Seven years by Peter Stamm

Says what it is on the cover but so well written ,A husband strays after they’ve been together for seven years .

where I left my soul Jérôme Ferrari

Where I left my soul by Jérôme Ferrari

Three men in the Algerian war show the many sides of the war and the horrors of war ,he recently won the Prix Goncourt .

where tigers are at home

Where the Tigers are at home by Jean Marie Blas de Robles

The stunning epic and the most overlooked book in the last twelve months .A man in the back and beyond of Brazil ,writes a bio and meet many people .

my brillant friend

My brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Two friend grow up in Fifties Italy ,a story of how two friends from the same place can end up so far apart .

the briefcase

The briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami 

A Japanese take on the May to December story a young women and her old teacher who is retired have a romance .


Necropolis by Santiago Gamboa 

A writer is invited to a strange conference of writers in Israeli .Someone is murder there and we hear the other writers stories .

Our man in IRAQ

Our man in Iraq by Robert Perisic

A Journalist with a trouble marriage sends a family member to the Gulf war to report trouble follows .


Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan

A monk in the 5th century working on a text is tempt by the devil ,this won the Arab Booker .

Murder of Halland

Murder of Halland by Pia Juul 

My favourite from last years Peirene books a new take on the crime from the wife of the victim and how she copes .

the sounds of things falling

The sound of things falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez 

A man remembers a man he knew and the time of the drug cartels and their power in Columbia

Well sixteen books there and a few others just on the verge for me

Zbindens progress –  Christoph Simon

The island by Carlos Gamerro

The human part by Hari Hotakainen

Heaven and Hell by Jon Kalman Stefansson

What are your thoughts ?

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heather
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 19:44:40

    This list alone would leave me with enough reading material for months. Even with your brief description, I am left wondering why I haven’t read a few of these books. I do think that several were added to my MT TBR after reading your earlier reviews.


  2. Claire 'Word by Word'
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 19:53:02

    What a fantastic list, regardless of the one announced tomorrow. Thanks for a great summary of books to look out for.


  3. Guy Savage
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 20:10:31

    I have the Stamm and Ferrante novels in the TBR pile, and the Gamboa is on the to-buy sometime list


  4. 1streading
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 20:36:23

    This list will do for me. Can’t believe I’ve only read 2 of them (and currently reading The Sound of Things Falling). The only other book I could possibly add is Trieste. Anyway, looking forward to reading as many as I can!


  5. Lisa Hill
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 21:20:11

    I agree: who cares about their longlist, this is the one that matters to me!
    I’ve read The Briefcase, and I have Seven Years, Three Strong Women and Dublinesque on my TBR. The others look fascinating. Thanks, Stu:)


  6. Tony
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 01:35:30

    Well, it appears that there are some surprises 🙂

    Anyway, the gun has been fired, and we’re off!


  7. farmlanebooks
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 13:02:22

    I’ve just seen the real list, but I think you did a great job of predictiing these. It is great to see that HHhH and A Death in the Family made the cut. Enjoy your reading!


  8. Brian Joseph
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 16:47:53

    Wow, what a terrific looking list. I wish that I had time to read them all! I am actually going to try to at least get to one or two of them this year!


  9. parrish lantern
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 21:14:32

    I’m liking your list better than the official, due to the fact I’ve either read or own more of them, with the official list I’ve two.


  10. Vishy
    Mar 03, 2013 @ 06:45:03

    Wonderful list, Stu! I have read Peter Stamm’s ‘Seven Years’ and have read reviews of Kawakami’s ‘The Briefcase’ and one of my book club mates told me about László Krasznahorkai, but the other books are all new to me. ‘Dublinesque’ sounds like a very interesting book and ‘Azazeel’ sounds like a fascinating book. I would love to read your thoughts on both of them. Just checked the prize site and discovered that seven of the book from your shadow longlist are there 🙂 You are amazing!


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  12. kimbofo
    Mar 03, 2013 @ 22:51:04

    You did pretty well, Stu! Between your list and the IFFP list I reckon there’s plenty to keep even the most avid reader going for quite some time!


  13. Michael @ Literary Exploration
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 03:13:16

    So many of those books look great


  14. creativepalabras
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 20:32:17

    What a special list and so various!


  15. Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 22:39:18

    Thank you for listing all the books I’ve missed! You’re right, a wonderful, varied collection. These will be added to my 2013 list. Thank you for posting them.

    Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)


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