Saturday, January 20, 2007

Crime fiction up for prize

The Rap Sheet brings the good news that the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize's long list for 2007 includes Steal You Away, by Niccolò Ammaniti, translated by Jonathan Hunt, and Havana Black, by Leonardo Padura, translated by Peter Bush. The award, sponsored by the Independent newspaper, honors translated fiction published in the United Kingdom.

It's nice to see crime novels contending for a big award, and it's nice to see an award that honors translators as well as authors. That makes the prize unique, according to one of the articles to which I link above. Once again, I refer all readers to this excellent article, in which translators of foreign crime fiction into English have fascinating things to say about their work.

© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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