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Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist announced

  • Date: 11 April 2013
  • Area: National
Book covers of the six titles shortlisted to win the Independent Foreign Fiction Award

'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 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist

The following titles, covering diverse themes of history, war and love, have made the prestigious shortlist:

  • Bundu by Chris Barnard, translated from the Afrikaans by Michiel Heyns (Alma Books)
  • The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker, translated from the Dutch by David Colmer (Harvill Secker)
  • Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas, translated from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey and Anne McLean (Harvill Secker)
  • The Fall of the Stone City by Ismail Kadare, translated from the Albanian by John Hodgson (Canongate)
  • Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman, translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia (Pushkin Press)
  • Trieste by Daša Drndić, translated from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursać (Maclehose Press)

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.'

Encouraging wider engagement with world literature

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.

Find out more about the prize

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.