Indies dominate Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist

<p>Indie publishers have come out on top in the shortlist for the <em>Independent</em> Foreign Fiction Prize, which celebrates novelists and translators.<br /><br />Titles from MacLehose Press, Arabia Books, Atlantic, Serpent&rsquo;s Tail and Pushkin Press have triumphed in the six-strong list, with only <em>The Blind Side of the Heart</em> by Julia Franck coming from a major publisher (Harvill Secker).<br /><br />The prize awards &pound;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.<br /><br />Boyd Tonkin, judging panel chair and literary editor of the <em>Independent</em> said: &quot;Our shortlist proves why this award has a unique place in Britain&#39;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.&quot; <br /><br /><strong>The shortlist in full:</strong></p><p><em>Brodeck&rsquo;s Report</em> by Philippe Claudel, translated by John Cullen from the French (MacLehose Press) <br /><em>The Blind Side of the Heart</em> by Julia Franck translated by Anthea Bell from the German (Harvill Secker)<br /><em>Fists</em> by Pietro Grossi, translated by Howard Curtis from the Italian (Pushkin Press)<br /><em>Broken Glass</em> by Alain Manbanckou, translated by Helen Stevenson from the French (Serpent&rsquo;s Tail)<br /><em>The Dark Side of Love</em> by Rafik Schami, translated by Anthea Bell from the German (Arabia Books)<br /><em>Chowringhee </em>by Sankar, translated by Arunava Sinha from the Bengali (Atlantic Books) <br /><br /><br /> </p>