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 Nobel Prize-winning Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk for "The Museum of Innocence", a rich and humorous love story depicting a panoramic view of life in Istanbul; bestselling Israeli author David Grossman, for "To the End of the Land", described as a modern "War and Peace"; and German writers Jenny Erpenbeck for her internationally bestselling novel "Visitation" and Juli Zeh for the psychological thriller "Dark Matter".
The list also features a number of South American writers: Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez is longlisted for his latest novel "The Secret History of Costaguana", Peruvian writer Santiago Roncagliolo is nominated for "Red April", winner of Spain’s coveted Alfaguara Prize, and Argentinean author Marcelo Figueras features for "Kamchatka", an adventure story about a young boy forced to square fantasy against reality.
The longlist offers an assortment of cultures with writers working in Swedish, Czech, Polish, Japanese, Norwegian and French - this feast of foreign fiction offers readers the chance to escape in to other worlds and sample the best writing from around the globe.
To celebrate the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2011, The Independent is offering a full set of the 15 books longlisted for this year’s Prize and a bottle of Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve NV, worth over £300, 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 click on the banner below and answer the following question:
How many South American writers are there on this year’s longlist?
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This competition closes on Friday 27 May. To read The Independent's terms and conditions, click here.