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Win all the books on The Independent's Foreign Fiction Prize and a magnum of Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve NV

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, supported by Arts Council England in association with Champagne Taittinger, celebrates an exceptional work of fiction by a living author which has been translated into English from any other language and published in the UK. Fiction and short stories are eligible and the Prize acknowledges both the novelist and the translator equally, recognising the importance of the translator in their ability to bridge the gap between languages and cultures.

Authors vying for the Prize this year include two writers from Colombia, Evelio Rosero for The Armies and Juan Gabriel Vasquez for The Informers, both translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean; an epic novel of history and memory, Beijing Coma, by exiled Chinese writer, Mia Jian; and Friendly Fire, a study of family and friendship by Israeli novelist, A. B. Yehoshua. Albania’s expatriate novelist, Ismail Kadare is shortlisted for his 19th novel to be translated into English, The Siege, and Céline Curiol, a new voice from France, completes the line up with her first novel, Voiceover.

The winner will be announced on 14 May at a ceremony in central London.

To celebrate The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2009, we’ve got a full set of the 16 books longlisted for this year’s Prize and a magnum of Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve NV to give away to one lucky winner. Champagne Taittinger is one of the few grand Champagne houses to remain owned and actively managed by the named family. Renowned for the elegance and finesse of their Champagnes, this is their signature cuvée.

So, for your chance of winning some of the best of this year’s fiction in translation, simply answer the following question:

How many Colombian writers are there on this year’s shortlist?


- Three

- Five

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Terms and Conditions

- The competition is open to all mainland UK residents aged 18 or over except employees, agents or their families or any company associated with this competition.

- The closing date for the competition is Monday 11 May 2009

- If any winner is unable for any reason to accept a prize or cannot be contacted by 12th May 2009, the promoter reserves the right to award the prize to another participant whose name will be drawn at random from all entries received.

- Prizes are not transferable and no cash alternative is available. No purchase necessary.

- The judge's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. No cash alternative.

- The competition is only open to people aged 18 and over.