Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2011 longlist announced

The longlist for this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced earlier today. Funded by Arts Council England, and administrated for the first time this year by the Booktrust, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is the only UK prize dedicated to translated fiction. It is also the only prize where the translator is given the same level of recognition as the author, with the winning cheque for £10,000 being shared equally between both.

Open to foreign language titles published in English translation in the UK during the previous year, the fifteen titles in this year’s longlist cover ten different languages, and are as follows (all links, where possible, lead directly to publisher’s website):

Speaking of this year’s longlist Antonia Byatt, Director, Literature, Arts Council England said:

This year’s longlist is a fantastic demonstration of the rich range and quality of fiction in translation being published in Britain today and it’s wonderful to see so many languages represented from all over the world. This list is a feast for readers and choosing the eventual winner will be real challenge for the judges.

The longlist will now be reduced to a shortlist of six which will announced on Monday 11th April 2011 at the London Book Fair, with the overall winner being revealed at an awards ceremony in central London on Thursday 26th May 2011 at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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