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Santiago Roncagliolo wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

27th May 2011

Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo has won the 2011 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Red April, beating off competition from a strong shortlist.

Other contenders for this year's prize included The Museum of Innocence by former Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson, who won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2006.

Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras, Jenny Erpenbeck's Visitation and The Sickness by Alberto Berrera Tyszka were the other works shortlisted for the GBP 10,000 prize, which is split between the author and translator.

Roncagliolo shares the prize with US translator Edith Grossman, who was last shortlisted for the award in 2003.

Commenting on the victory, Roncagliolo said Ian McEwan's The Innocent and Allan Moore's graphic novel From Hell were both influences on Red April, which follows the hunt for a serial killer in a small Peruvian town.

'I am very happy to have won, but I was already honoured to be on the longlist and considered in the same league as such amazing writers. I guess this is a prize for all of us,' he added.

Last year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was won by Philippe Claudel's Brodeck's Report, translated by John Cullen.

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