***This Review Contains Spoilers*** I’m surprised more people haven’t made the Lord of the Flies comparisons between William Golding’s classic book and Andrés Barba’s Such Small Hands. Perhaps it’s a little too obvious? And yet, Barba explores the power dynamics of female relationships using girls in the same way Golding did with young boys – with equally horrifying results. A 7-year old girl arrives at an … Continue reading Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba, tr. Lisa Dillman – a #BTBA2018 flashlight
None of the 10 authors nominated for the Man Booker International Prize has a book on the 4 longlists. There are 76 spots on the combined longlists, including the 6 write-in spots for the Typographical Translation Prize. (3 of the 6 write-in titles show up on 1 of the 3 other longlists). There are 62 unique titles across the 4 lists. 34 of the books are from Europe, … Continue reading 2015 Translation Awards – By the Numbers
‘Tis the season for Translation Awards. The 2015 Best Translated Book Award, Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, PEN Translation Prize, Man Booker International Prize and Typographical Translation Prize (which has already been selected) – I’ve included the long lists for all five below. This year I thought it would be fun to put them all in one place and compare. Later this week I’ll be taking a closer look… … Continue reading Translation Award Season – The 2015 Edition
The two translation prize shortlists are out – and it’s exciting to see how many different languages (and countries) are represented. I’ve still only read three of the books on the BTBA list – and of those I’ll keep my money on Dowlatabadi for the win. There is something so visceral about The Colonel. It’s a book that encompasses all the senses – particularly in … Continue reading IFFP & BTBA 2013 Short Lists – They’re Here!
The 2013 Best Translated Book Award longlist contains 25 titles. In the coming weeks the Three Percent Blog will feature a review for every title that made the longlist, everyone interested in the prize should check it out. Currently I’ve read and reviewed three of the books nominated and am familiar with and/or plan to read five others. Twenty-five books is a really long list. … Continue reading Translation Prizes – The 2013 Best Translated Book Award