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Philippe Claudel wins Independent foreign fiction accolade

14th May 2010

French novelist Philippe Claudel has been named the winner of the 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (IFFP) for his novel Brodeck's Report.

The book is set in the aftermath of a genocidal war and has been described by judging panel member Boyd Tonkin, the Independent's literary editor, as 'a beautiful, sinister and haunting fable of persecution, resistance and survival'.

In an article for the newspaper, he added that the book was 'almost a dark fairy-tale'.

Claudel will share the GBP 10,000 prize money with his translator John Cullen.

Other novels which made the shortlist for the award were Julia Franck's The Blind Side of the Heart, Alain Mabanckou's Broken Glass, Sankar's Chowringhee, and Rafik Schami's The Dark Side of Love.

The judging panel for the award was made up of Tonkin, novelist Tibor Fischer, IFFP-winning translator Daniel Hahn, BBC journalist and presenter Kirsty Lang, and international literature specialist Kate Griffin.

Claudel's other works include Les Âmes Grises (Grey Souls), which won the prestigious Prix Renaudot in France in 2003.

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