Thursday, 26 February 2009

Night Work and Gramophone Vie for Prize

The 16-strong longlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize includes two German titles:

Thomas Glavinic's Night Work and Sasa Stanisic's How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone. You can read my review of the latter here, and I'll be reading Night Work very soon, as it's been recommended to me a number of times.

My fingers are crossed, as the prize seems to offer a big sales boost in the UK. The shortlist is announced on 1 April, and the winning writer and translator share 1o,ooo pounds (for what that's worth nowadays) plus a big bottle of bubbly.

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