A bunch of PEN Literary Award shortlists were announced on June 18 (you can see the whole list here), but I want to highlight the PEN Translation Prize Shortlist, “for a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2013. Here are the five finalists (links are to my reviews):

  • An Armenian Sketchbook, by Vasily Grossman, translated from the Russian by Elizabeth & Robert Chandler (review here)
  • Transit, by Anna Seghers, translated from the German by Margot Bettauer Dembo (review here)
  • The African Shore, by Rodrigo Rey Rosa, translated from the Spanish by Jeffrey Gray (review here)
  • The Emperor’s Tomb, by Joseph Roth, translated from the German by Michael Hofmann
  • Autobiography of a Corpse, by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, translated from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull and Nikolai Formozov (review here)

Three titles from NYRB Classics — impressive! I heartily recommend the four I’ve read, and I’m anxious to get to the one I haven’t, Joseph Roth’s The Emperor’s Tomb. New Directions is also releasing Richard Panchyk’s translation of Joseph Roth’s The Hundred Days on October 1. This is a great list of translations, so dig in.

The winner will be announced on July 30.


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By | 2014-07-07T12:33:48+00:00 June 20th, 2014|Categories: Book Prize News|5 Comments


  1. Lisa HillL June 20, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks for bringing us this news, I am pleased that I have An Armenian Sketchbook on my TBR, now all I need is time to read it.

  2. Richard Panchyk June 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Correction: New Directions is releasing my translation of The Hundred Days in October. Michael Hofmann was not involved.

  3. Trevor Berrett June 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    My sincere apologies — I’ve corrected the post!

    And I look forward to your translation :-) .

  4. Tony Messenger July 7, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Quick one – you’ve called Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s book “The African Tomb” in your post not “The African Shore”. Nice list, I haven’t had time to get to all of them but may do so, thanks for bringing the list to our attention.

  5. Trevor Berrett July 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Sheesh! Thanks for the catches!

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