The shadow Iffp 2013



Well I nearly got it right with my guessing post ,last week but the offical Independent foreign fiction prize is out .Like last year I will be doing a shadow jury for this prize I am again joined by Lisa ,Tony ,Gary and Mark.We will be trying to read as many of the longlist as we all can in the time between longlist and shortlist .I have a great start as I have read eleven of the book and have reviews for nine of them on the blog .We will again choose our own shortlist and winner ,my feeling is ours and the actual shortlist may be quite near as there to me are a number of great books on this list that be on a shortlist any year .I ll be doing a page with links to reviews by everyone when we have a few as at moment it feels like I am showing off reading so many .If you want get involved with reading this year and want read less the Booktrust have organised a reading group from the shortlist stage here ,be lovely to see some other blogs join in that maybe don’t read many translations to expand the discussion on this wonderful year .Paul at Maclehose on twitter called it the best ever longlist I agree it is the strongest in recent years .

Death in the Family, A

A Death In the Family by
Karl Ove Knausgaard
Translated from the Norweigian by Don Bartlett

The Detourby
Gerbrand Bakker
Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer

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HHhH by
Laurence Binet
Translated from the French by Sam Taylor

The Sound of Things Falling by
Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
The Last of the Vostyachsby
Diego Marani
Translated from the Italian by Judith Landry

Shadow reviews
Cold Sea Stories by
Pawel Huelle
Translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
The Fall of the Stone City by
Ismail Kadare
Translated from the Albanian by John Hodgson
Black Bazaar by
Alain Mabanckou
Translated from the French by Sarah Ardizzone
Bundu by
Chris Barnard
Translated from the Afrikaans by Michiel Heyns

Dublinesque by
Enrique Vila-Matas
Translated from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey and Anne McLean
In Praise of Hatredby
Khalid Khalifa
Translated from the Arabic by Leri Price


The Murder of Halland by
Pia Juul
Translated from the Danish by Martin Aitke

Satantango by
Laszlo Krasznahorkai
Translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes
Silent House by
Orhan Pamuk
Translated from the original Turkish by Robert Finn
Traveller of the Century by
Andrés Neuman
Translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia
Trieste by
Daša Drndić
Translated from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tony
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 10:13:22

    So you’re actually almost finished? 😉

    I’m powering ahead now that the longlist is here, well with the reading, anway…

    …the post writing is a little further behind 😉


  2. Brian Joseph
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 10:57:24

    I wonder if reading so many, seemingly important books published so recently gives one unique perspective on our times. I look forward to your commentaries. I wish I had the time to read all of these!


  3. biblioglobal
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 17:49:41

    I’m reading In Praise of Hatred currently. Nice to see it make the list.


  4. parrish lantern
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 18:20:20

    I am reading The Last of the Vostyachs, have about 3 on order from the Library, another from a publisher & two via e format , hopefully will fit them in.
    Oh & have managed accidentally to review 2 😀


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  6. Vishy
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 18:35:04

    This is the first time I have heard of it, Stu – that when the longlist is announced you have already read most of it! You are really amazing! Will look forward to the Shadow IFFP and hearing your thoughts on the longlisted books and those of others. Can’t wait to see your shortlist too. Happy reading!


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