The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
Launched by the Independent newspaper in 1990, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is the only major British literary award devoted to fiction in translation. The winner is announced in May, preceded by a shortlist of six books and a longlist of around twelve. The judging panel is made up of five leading figures in the literary world, chaired by the Literary Editor of the Independent, Boyd Tonkin.
The prize money of £10,000 is split equally between the author and their translator into English. In 1995, this meant the prize money went to one family, when Michael Hoffman's translation from German of The Film Explainer, written by his father, Gert, was declared the winner. So far, the only winner translated from a non-European language is The Sorrow of War, Bao Ninh's semi-autobiographical account of life during and after the Vietnam War.
The Prize was put in abeyance between 1996 and 2001, but financial support from the Arts Council saw it revived in 2002. That year, the award was, for the only time so far, made posthumously, to W G Sebald for Austerlitz. For many British readers, this was their first introduction to a writer who had been widely tipped for a Nobel Prize before his death. Two winners have, however, subsequently been made Nobel Laureates: 1993's winner, José Saramago and the inaugural winner, Orhan Pamuk.
The 2014 longlist was announced on 7th March. The shortlist follows on 8th April.
Through the struggles of a single desperate family, this novel shows us the heart of Iraq's complex and violent recent history. Descending into the underworld where the borders between life...
Hassan Blasim; Jonathan Wright
Julia Franck; Anthea Bell
Kathe is a Jewish sculptor living in East Berlin. A survivor of the Nazi era, she is a fervent socialist who has been using her political connections to secure more...
In Jerusalem, two Arabs are on the hunt for the same identity. The first is a wealthy lawyer with a thriving practice, a Mercedes and a beautiful family. With a...
An award-winning novel from one of Japan's most exciting literary voices: a short, simple and touching story of an unlikely love that blossoms across generations, and between seasons
Karl Ove Knausgaard; Don Bartlett
Deals with the experience of becoming a father, the mundane struggles of family life, ridiculously unsuccessful holidays, humiliating antenatal music classes, fights with quarrelsome neighbours, and the emotional strains of...
Andrej Longo; Howard Curtis
The Mafia and the Ten Commandments meet in these interlinked short stories about the undebelly of Naples. This title uncovers the raw heart of a city, telling the stories of...
Ma Jian; Flora Drew
Meili, a young peasant woman born in the remote heart of China, is married to Kongzi, a village school teacher, and a distant descendant of Confucius. They have a daughter...
Andrei Makine; Geoffrey Strachan
Did sex bring down the Iron Curtain? An orphan reflects on the unbreakable bond between love and freedom in the Soviet Union...
Javier Marias; Margaret Jull Costa
Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. And every day she enjoys watching a handsome couple who follow the same routine. Then one day they aren't...
Hubert Mingarelli; Sam Taylor
A miniature masterpiece, this is the sparse, stunning story of three SS officers who share a meal with their Jewish prisoner and face a chilling choice
Yoko Ogawa; Stephen Snyder
In the tradition of classical Japanese poetic collections, the stories in this title are linked through recurring images and motifs, as each story follows on from the one before while...
Audur Ava Olafsdottir; Brian...
The off-beat story of an Icelandic road trip, told with humour and humanity.
Jon Kalman Stefansson; Philip Roughton
A tragi-comic, epic journey through Iceland's snowy landscape - the second in a trilogy that began with Heaven and Hell.
Birgit Vanderbeke; Jamie Bulloch
The German book that has shaped an entire generation. A mother and her two teenage children sit at the dinner table. In the middle stands a large pot of...
2013: The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker, trans. David Colmer (Dutch)
2012: Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld (Hebrew)
2011: Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo (Spanish)
2010: Brodeck's Report by Philippe Claudel; trans. John Cullen (French)
2009: The Armies - Evelio Rosero; trans. Anne McLean (Spanish)
2008: Omega Minor - Paul Verhaegen; trans. (Dutch)
2007: The Book of Chameleons - José Eduardo Agualusa: trans. Daniel Hahn (Portuguese)
2006: Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson; trans. Anne Born (Norwegian)
2005: Windows on the World - Frédéric Beigbeder; trans. Frank Wynne (French)
2004: Soldiers of Salamis - Javier Cercas; trans. Anne McLean (Spanish)
2003: The Visit of the Royal Physician - Per Olov Enquist; trans. Tiina Nunnally (Swedish)
2002: Austerlitz - W G Sebald; trans Anthea Bell (German)
1996-2001: No award
1995: The Film Explainer - Gert Hoffman; trans. Michael Hofman (German)
1994: The Sorrow of War - Bao Ninh; trans. Phanh Thanh Hao (Vietnamese)
1993: The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis - José Saramago; trans. Giovanni Pontiero (Portuguese)
1992: The Death of Napoleon - Simon Leys; trans. Patricia Clancy (French)
1991: Immortality - Milan Kundera; trans. Peter Kussi (Czech)
1990: The White Castle - Orhan Pamuk; trans. Victoria Holbrook (Turkish)