2019 Best Translated Book Award Shortlists Announced

It’s that time of year again: the finalists for the Best Translated Book Award in Fiction and Poetry have just been announced. Check out these lists!

Fiction 

  • Congo Inc.: Bismarck’s Testament by In Koli Jean Bofane, translated from the French by Marjolijn de Jager (Democratic Republic of Congo, Indiana University Press) 
  • The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani, translated from the French by Lara Vergnaud (Morocco, New Directions)
  • Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau, translated from the French by Linda Coverdale (Martinique, New Press)
  • Pretty Things by Virginie Despentes, translated from the French by Emma Ramadan, (France, Feminist Press)
  • Moon Brow by Shahriar Mandanipour, translated from the Persian by Khalili Sara (Iran, Restless Books)
  • Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer, translated from the German by Katy Derbyshire (Germany, Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori (Japan, Grove)
  • The Governesses by Anne Serre, translated from the French by Mark Hutchinson (France, New Directions)
  • Öræfï by Ófeigur Sigurðsson, translated from the Icelandic by Lytton Smith (Iceland, Deep Vellum)
  • Fox by Dubravka Ugresic, translated from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac and David Williams (Croatia, Open Letter)

Poetry

  • The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn by Tenella Boni, translated from the French by Todd Fredson (Cote D’Ivoire, University of Nebraska)
  • Moss & Silver by Jure Detela, translated from the Slovenian by Raymond Miller and Tatjana Jamnik (Slovenia, Ugly Duckling)
  • Of Death. Minimal Odes by Hilda Hilst, translated from the Portuguese by Laura Cesarco Eglin (Brazil, co-im-press)
  • Autobiography of Death by Kim Hysesoon, translated from the Korean by Don Mee Choi(Korea, New Directions)
  • Negative Space by Luljeta Lleshanaku, translated from the Albanian by Ani Gjika (Albania, New Directions)

For more information on the award and the shortlisted books, visit the BTBA page on The Millions. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 29 as part of the New York Rights Fair. Congratulations to all the shortlisted translators!

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