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Indies dominate Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist
15.04.10 | Katie Allen
Indie publishers have come out on top in the shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, which celebrates novelists and translators.
Titles from MacLehose Press, Arabia Books, Atlantic, Serpent’s Tail and Pushkin Press have triumphed in the six-strong list, with only The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck coming from a major publisher (Harvill Secker).
The prize awards £5,000, plus a limited edition magnum of champagne from sponsor Champagne Taittinger, each to the novelist and translator; the winner will be revealed on 13th May.
Boyd Tonkin, judging panel chair and literary editor of the Independent said: "Our shortlist proves why this award has a unique place in Britain's literary landscape. This varied list of outstanding works, in equally fine translations, introduces readers to places, people and stories that will bring excitement and delight."
The shortlist in full:
Brodeck’s Report by Philippe Claudel, translated by John Cullen from the French (MacLehose Press)
The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck translated by Anthea Bell from the German (Harvill Secker)
Fists by Pietro Grossi, translated by Howard Curtis from the Italian (Pushkin Press)
Broken Glass by Alain Manbanckou, translated by Helen Stevenson from the French (Serpent’s Tail)
The Dark Side of Love by Rafik Schami, translated by Anthea Bell from the German (Arabia Books)
Chowringhee by Sankar, translated by Arunava Sinha from the Bengali (Atlantic Books)