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Translated Fiction Anyone?

The Hesperus Press Blog reports on the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize award ceremony, bemoaning the fact that only 86 titles were submitted for consideration.

I simply do not understand how a tiny company, as we and some notable others are, can say ‘what the hell: this is a damned sight more interesting, exciting, than Dan Brown, and if we love it others will’ and sell enough copies to keep itself in tea and biscuits, and other publishers cannot.

The winner was Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa. He collected the award and a cheque for £10,000 for his novel, The Book of Chameleons, published by Arcadia. The prize is divided equally between the author and his translator from the Portuguese version, Daniel Hahn.

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