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