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Literary roundup: Romanian fiction and the Jerusalem Prize

Albanian writer Ismail Kadare has been announced as the winner of this year’s Jerusalem Prize, which he will be awarded at the Jerusalem International Book Fair on Feb. 8. The prize is given to writers dealing with the theme of human freedom in society and was inaguarated in 1963 with Bertrand Russell the first winner. […]

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Literary roundup: Beginning of the ‘Best of’ lists and Bulgarian translation

It is Best Books of the Year time and The Guardian’s Nicholas Lazard has put together a great best paperbacks of 2014 that includes a Literalab Best Book of a couple years back, when it was a paperback too, but, never mind. The book in question is Seven Terrors by Selvedin Avdić. It also includes […]

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Prilepin + Jaszberenyi among B O D Y’s Pushcart nominations

B O D Y has announced its six Pushcart Prize nominees and the two fiction writers among them were Russia’s Zakhar Prilepin for the excerpt from his novel Sankya, published this year by Dzanc Books and Hungary’s Sándor Jászberényi for The Devil Is A Black Dog, the title story of his soon-to-be published story collection […]

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Zakhar Prilepin wins Russia’s Big Book Prize

The ninth annual Big Book Prize has gone to Zakhar Prilepin for his novel The Cloister. He beat out Vladimir Sorokin, who came in second with his novel Tellurium, and Vladimir Sharov, who came in third with Return to Egypt. In an article written when the shortlist was announced about six months ago in Publishing […]

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EU Prize for Literature 2014

The winners of the European Union Prize for Literature were announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair meant to recognize “the best new and emerging authors in Europe.” Of the writers from Central and Eastern (really, Southern) Europe it’s a mix between those I’ve heard of and haven’t and those who’ve had something translated into […]

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Literary roundup: Read Russia Prize and Drunken Boat translations

At the outset I have to admit that I really don’t understand this. The Read Russia Prize, at least on their website, is stated to be for “English translations of Russian literature” and to be given in New York each May. So naturally last weekend in Moscow they announced the winners of the prize, the […]

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NEA translation fellowships

The NEA has announced its literary translation fellowships for 2014 and there is some great-looking work from Central and Eastern Europe being supported as well as some translators whose work has appeared in B O D Y. Among them is Adam Siegel, for his translation from the Russian of Vasilii Golovanov’s The Island: or, A […]

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PEN Award winners 2014

PEN America have announced the winners of most, though not all, of this year’s lucrative and sought after literary awards. Of Literalab interest is, above all, the PEN Translation Prize, which goes to Joanne Turnbull and Nikolai Formozov for their translation of Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, which was on the Best Translated […]

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BTBA 2014: Krasznahorkai does it again

For the second year running Hungarian László Krasznahorkai has won the Best Translated Book Award for fiction. His novel Seiobo There Below, translated by Ottilie Mulzet, was the winner after he won the 2013 prize for Sátántangó in a translation by George Szirtes. Krasznahorkai came by his publisher New Directions’ offices and gave a short […]

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‘The Devil’s Workshop’ by Jáchym Topol – Why This Book Should Win BTBA

The 25 nominees for the Best Translated Book Award will be whittled down to a shortlist in a few days and with each book getting a pitch for why it should win here is mine on Alex Zucker’s translation of The Devil’s Workshop. “Reading The Devil’s Workshop you come up against a remarkable and frightening […]

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