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PEN’s World Bookshelf

English PEN is running a competition for the best book its supported through its Writers in Translation programme. Among these is Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. The book about Turkey, migrants, people smuggling and much more was excerpted in B O D Y when it was […]

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2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund winners

PEN America has announced the recipients of this year’s PEN/Heim Translation Fund grants and there’s some great writing from Central and Eastern Europe in the works as well as from the rest of the world. First of all, B O D Y’s own Stephan Delbos along with Tereza Novická won for their translation of The […]

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Cartarescu’s ‘Blinding’ wins Leipzig Book Award

Romanian writer Mircea Cărtărescu has won the Leipzig Book Award for his trilogy Blinding. The novel originally came out in three separate parts in 1996, 2002 and 2007 respectively, while its outstanding English translation by Sean Cotter was published as a single book by Archipelago Books in 2013. The award’s full name is the “Leipzig […]

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Literary Roundup: Pushkin Prize and Berlin launch

The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize shortlist for 2015 has been announced and has some very interesting titles. It includes Polish writer Jacek Hugo-Bader’s Kolyma Diaries: A Journey into Russia’s Haunted Hinterland, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. You can read translations of Polish prose and poetry by Lloyd-Jones in B O D Y. The Zhivago Affair: […]

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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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