My IFFP prediction post 2015

Well its become a bit of a tradition to do a post every year predicting the longlist for the IFFP .Well I’m honoured that they choose a thursday , next thursday for #translationthurs – my weekly meme that has grown over the years .So what books do I think will make the longlist ? I’ve mix books I’ve read with those I haven’t yet got too , but feel have a good shout .So for world book day , the prize that maybe fully brings the world of books to the uk readers the IFFP

Bonita Avenue  by Peter Buwalda

A tale of a Dutch family just as the internet is taking of and a family member using the darkest corner of the internet .I have this from library to read .

Look who’s back by Timur Vermes

Look who's back

I loved this and especially the way Jamie seemed to capture Hitlers voice so well in English . The story of what happens when Adolf hitler returns to present day germany a wonderful satire

Never any end to paris by Enrique Vila Matas

Never any end to Paris

The writers young life in Paris as a novel what wasn’t to love in this one .

sworn virgin cover Elvira Donessworn virgins by Elvira Dones



A lifting of the age-old tradition of  women become men to take over before during and after . One those books that make you think does this really happen 

Bilbao – New York – Bilbao  by Kirmen Uribe




A book about a writer writing a book about the small fishing town he grew up in whilst on a plane to new york . One my favourites of last year 

Harraga by Boualem Sansal

Two generations of women trap in a house in Algeria .Showing how much more has to change despite the arab spring a great book from a brave writer .

The mirror of beauty by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

the mirror of beauty

I reviewed this a couple years ago when I was kindly sent the indian release .But the uk release came out last year and it is a translation from Urdu by the writer himself .

The portrait by Willem Jan Otten


A painting of a dead boy tells its story a wonderfully unique book 

Dead lake by by Hamid Ismailov

the dead lake

A boy takes a swim in a lake in the soviet hinterland and never grows any more . As with every year Peirene could have more than one on the list .

Zone BY Mathias Enard


A new publisher and a great choice of this massive french novel about a train trip to rome  in a slightly different europe .

The tower by Uwe Tellkamp


A story of one family during the time of the former East Germany .Epic novel one of two that should be there .

Confessions by Jaume Cabre




Now I loved this when I read it but it got put to one side so will need a review and lets hope it was entered . the story of violence through time one man and an instrument epic catalan fiction .

Indigo by Clemens J setz


Childern dying of Indigo a teacher tries to find out the truth .An experimental novel from Austira .

In the end I went mainly with my favourites others I think my make actual list include the Quebert novel , Murakami ,Peterson , Nevo novels from last year all three have been on longlist before .Juan Marse is another book I read but didn’t review and he is considered Spain’s best writer of last 25 years .

What were your favourites last year ?





20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MarinaSofia
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 18:12:23

    You’ve just reminded me I need to read Caubre, Indigo, The Tower and Vila-Matas. But, of the ones that I have read, I like your choices…


  2. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 18:29:43

    The only one of these I’ve read is “Look Who’s Back” Stu – and I absolutely loved it! 🙂


  3. 1streading
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 20:29:39

    Great choices – I’ve read four and have another three (one bought on your recommendation). However if both Confessions and The Tower are on the list I may have to invent a time machine to get them read!


  4. Tony
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 21:22:20

    Well, not much overlap there – only ‘Zone’ appears on both our lists 😉


  5. Bellezza
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 21:50:46

    I’m dying to read for the IFFP, and to read your choices as well. You know I think you make a better selection than many of the judges do!


  6. roughghosts
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 02:55:09

    Some fascinating, but, wow, some heavy duty books here. I have read only two and am making my way through a borrowed copy of the Murakami (I know you liked it Stu but my love affair with the man is long since past). It looks like I can obtain any one of these titles should they get the nod without to much trouble. So many titles sound just brilliant whether they make the list or not.


  7. hastanton
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 08:13:21

    I will follow this with interest !


  8. JacquiWine
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 09:25:58

    Some great predictions, Stu. I haven’t read it, but everything I’ve heard about Zone makes me think it’s a shoo-in for the longlist. I have a lot of time for The Dead Lake, my favourite of last year’s Peirene books (although The Blue Room could be in with a shout too). The Vila-Matas made my end-of-year list, a wonderful book.

    I’l be interested to hear how you get on with Bonita Avenue. I read it last year when a friend chose it for our book group. I’ve got mixed feelings…more on that when you review it! Looking forward to following your IFFP posts.


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