Charif Majdalani’s ‘Moving the Palace’ Makes 2018 NTA Longlist

No Arabic books made the longlists for the 2018 National Translation Awards (NTA) in Poetry and Prose, organized by the American Literary Translators Association. However, Lebanese novelist Charif Majdalani’s gorgeous Moving the Palace, beautifully translated by Edward Gauvin, did make the prose longlist, alongside books by László Krasznahorkai, Stendhal, Mathias Énard, and other luminaries:

The NTA prize makes its mark by being “the only national award for translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction that includes a rigorous examination of both the source text and its relation to the finished English work.”

The 2018 longlists feature writing in 13 different languages, and are being judged by Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Jennifer Feeley, and Sawako Nakayasu (for poetry) and Esther Allen, Tess Lewis, and Jeremy Tiang (for prose).

The five-book shortlists will be announced in September with the winner being announced at the end of October. Winning translators will receive a $2,500 cash prize each.

The complete 2018 NTA Longlist in Poetry:

pessoa_book_of_disquiet_for_pwThe Book of Disquiet
by Fernando Pessoa
translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
(New Directions)

ristovicvrDirections for Use
by Ana Ristović
translated from the Serbian by Steven Teref and Maja Teref
(Zephyr Press)

by Aase Berg
translated from the Swedish by Johannes Göransson
(Black Ocean)

I_Remember_Nightfall-bw-300dpiI Remember Nightfall
by Marosa di Giorgio
translated from the Spanish by Jeannine Marie Pitas
(Ugly Duckling Presse)

If_I_Were_a_Suicide_Bomber-front-frameIf I Were a Suicide Bomber
by Per Aage Brandt
translated from the Danish by Thom Satterlee
(Open Letter Books)

Magnetic_PointMagnetic Point: Selected Poems 
by Ryszard Krynicki
translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh
(New Directions)

cover berenguerMy Lai
by Carmen Berenguer
translated from the Spanish by Liz Henry
(Cardboard House Press)

Cover_-_The_OdysseyThe Odyssey
by Homer
translated from the Greek by Emily Wilson
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Oxygen_jpegOxygen: Selected Poems
by Julia Fiedorczuk
translated from the Polish by Bill Johnston
(Zephyr Press)

SonicPeace_coverSonic Peace
by Kiriu Minashita
translated from the Japanese by Spencer Thurlow and Eric Hyett
(Phoneme Media)

Spiral_Staircase_CoverSpiral Staircase: Collected Poems
by Hirato Renkichi
translated from the Japanese by Sho Sugita
(Ugly Duckling Presse)


Third-Millennium Heart
by Ursula Andkjær Olsen
translated from the Danish by Katrine Øgaard Jensen
(Action Books)


The complete 2018 NTA Longlist in Prose:

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by Rodrigo Hasbún
translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes
(Simon & Schuster)

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by Romina Paula
translated from the Spanish by Jennifer Croft
(Feminist Press)

by Mathias Énard
translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell
(New Directions)

by Yasunari Kawabata
translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich
(New Directions)

9780143111689Ghachar Ghochar
by Vivek Shanbhag
translated from the Kannada by Srinath Perur
(Penguin Books)

Impossible_Fairy_TaleThe Impossible Fairy Tale
by Han Yujoo
translated from the Korean by Janet Hong
(Graywolf Press)

tipThe Invented Part
by Rodrigo Fresán
translated from the Spanish by Will Vanderhyden
(Open Letter Books)

9781517900113Italian Chronicles
by Stendhal
translated from the French by Raymond N. MacKenzie
(University of Minnesota Press)

MovingThePalace-Cover-WEB-noqte-900x1200Moving the Palace
by Charif Majdalani
translated from the French by Edward Gauvin
(New Vessel Press)

Old-Rendering-Plant_Front-Cover-with-QuoteOld Rendering Plant
by Wolfgang Hilbig
translated from the German by Isabel Fargo Cole
(Two Lines Press)

9781945492044_FCSwallowing Mercury
by Wioletta Greg
translated from the Polish by Eliza Marciniak
(Transit Books)

World_Goes_OnThe World Goes On
by László Krasznahorkai
translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes, Ottilie Mulzet, and John Batki
(New Directions)