Peakreads is not just concerned with the literary bounty of our lush valleys but with writing and stories from the tip of Patagonia to the peaks of the Himalaya- and everything in between. The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize celebrates this range and diversity by highlighting fiction in translation and the prize rewards author and translator in equal measure- £5, 000 each. The shortlist was presented on April 8th at the London Book Fair by some of the judges- Boyd Tonkin, Alev Adil and Shaun Whiteside -and the winner will be announced on May 22nd. Check out this link for details of the shortlisted books. Just briefly they are:
Revenge by Yoko Ogawa- translated by Stephen Snyder from Japanese.
The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke- translated by Jamie Bulloch from German.
Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami- translated by Allison Markin Powell from Japanese.
The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim- translated by Jonathan Wright from Arabic.
A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli- translated by Sam Taylor from French.
A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard- translated by Don Bartlett from Norwegian.