Umberto Eco’s latest masterpiece, a novel banned in China charting the devastating human cost of the blood trade, and a Holocaust survivor's haunting tale are all in the running to win this year's £10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
A powerful shortlist features translated fiction by two Italian authors, one German, one Israeli, one Icelandic and one Chinese. This diverse selection of excellent books, five of which are published by independent publishing houses, explores the human and cultural impact of loss and persecution in different countries across the ages.
The six contenders shortlisted for the 2012 Prize are:
- Alice by Judith Hermann, translated from the German by Margot Bettauer Dembo (The Clerkenwell Press)
- Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld, translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green (Alma Books)
- Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke, translated from the Chinese by Cindy Carter (Corsair)
- From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb (Telegram Books)
- New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani, translated from the Italian by Judith Landry (Dedalus)
- The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco, translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon (Harvill Secker)
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