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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