“Like it or not….”
other literary prizes
Yet of the books arriving in English translation this year, these five “PEN Promotes” winners are among those you are most likely to see reviewed in your local broadsheet and to trip over in your local bookstore.
Yesterday, the French-American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation announced the finalists for the 28th Annual Translation Prize of “best translations in fiction and nonfiction from French to English.”
Marina Warner on the Revelations of Classical Arabic Literature and Judging the Man Booker International
“The chair always writes an article about the [Man Booker International] prize, and I want to pay tribute to Radwa Ashour, because she was a strong candidate for the shortlist if she hadn’t died. I can’t guarantee that she would’ve been on, but she was definitely under consideration.”
“He tells of the characters who populated his childhood cosmos: the walking wounded, outcasts and failures – or ‘those left footsore by life,’ as he puts it.”
“There are a lot of advantages to writing in a European language, but I will continue to write in Arabic. Whether recognition comes or not, my world is the Arab world.”
The vast majority are from the French (5), Spanish (3), and German (2), with additional titles from the Italian and the Portugeuse.
The three previous Man Booker International Prizes have gone to North American writers, but this year’s is a wonderfully diverse list.
“While she made the choice of French…the rhythms and tropes of Arabic, its poetry and its oral traditions, can still be heard in the undulations of her sentences, her poems’ sinuous and knotty lines.”
The Financial Times and Oppenheimer Funds are launching a new, $40K “FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award” for artists who have a passport from a country with a GNI per capita of less than $12,746.
Iraqi novelist, poet, and translator Sinan has won the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for bringing his own novel, “The Corpse Washer,” into English.
These are eight novels that should all be read for next year’s prize.