- Date: 11 April 2013
- Area: National
'Traveller of the Century' by Andrés Neuman is one of six titles shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award. Credit: Courtesy of Booktrust
Six titles of English-translated contemporary foreign fiction have been shortlisted for 2013's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, an Arts Council England partnership with Booktrust. The titles will battle it out to win a £10,000 prize, to be announced on 20 May.
The following titles, covering diverse themes of history, war and love, have made the prestigious shortlist:
The £10,000 prize will be split equally between the winning author and translator, recognising the importance of the translator's ability to bridge the gap between languages and cultures.
Antonia Byatt, Director of Literature, Arts Council England, said: 'This formidable shortlist highlights the richness and variety of fiction from across the globe, which readers here can enjoy and explore thanks to translators' incredible skill. We want readers to have access to the best of world fiction, in particular from languages and literatures under-represented in English. This shortlist encapsulates the excitement of looking outwards and discovering new and different voices.'
Booktrust is also running a pilot Readers' Project alongside the award, engaging 300 readers in a day of activities and discussion featuring the shortlisted authors and translators, a 'translation duel' and a talk from judge and author Elif Shafak.
At the end of the day participants will also be able to vote for their favourite shortlisted title to win a separate Independent Foreign Fiction Readers' Prize. For more information visit the Booktrust website.
The overall winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony in central London on 20 May at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
You can keep updated on Twitter by following the hashtag #IFFP.
For further information about the prize, shortlist and judging panel visit the Booktrust website.