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They’ve announced the longlist for this year’s PEN Translation Prize, “for a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2013,” judged by Ann Goldstein, Becka McKay, and Katherine Silver. The winner gets $3,000.

Usually this prize does not announced longlists, so this is a treat — and, after the Best Translated Book Award, a welcome look at translated books (not all fiction, either). I am thrilled to have already covered six of the ten the titles, with another two in the works.

  • Shantytown, by César Aira, tr. from the Spanish by Chris Andrews (my review here)
  • Twists and Turns in the Heart’s Antarctic, by Hélène Cixous, tr. from the French by Beverley Bie Brahic
  • An Armenian Sketchbook, by Vasily Grossman, tr. from the Russian by Elizabeth & Robert Chandler (my review here)
  • The Infatuations, by Javier Marías, tr. from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa (my review here)
  • Transit, by Anna Seghers, tr. from the German by Margot Bettauer Dembo (my review here)
  • Kafka: The Years of Insight, by Reiner Stach, tr. from the German by Shelley Frisch (my review forthcoming)
  • The Dinner, by Herman Koch, tr. from the Dutch by Sam Garrett
  • The African Shore, by Rodrigo Rey Rosa, tr. from the Spanish by Jeffrey Gray (my review here)
  • The Emperor’s Tomb, by Joseph Roth, tr. from the German by Michael Hofmann (my review forthcoming)
  • Autobiography of a Corpse, by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, tr. from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull & Nikolai Formozov (my review here)
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