Friday, March 13, 2015

IFFP shadow panel and other news

Hello all,

Just writing a quick note to say that I am back from traveling (at least for the moment!), and have a bunch of good things in store for the next month or so.

First, I will be participating in the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shadow jury this year. This prize honors the best work of fiction by a living author that has been translated into English and published in the UK in 2014. To read more about the prize, judges, and longlist, see here.

The shadow jury is a group of bloggers that will read the books on the official longlist, write reviews, and choose our own shortlist and IFFP winner. I am excited to participate in this project, and look forward to the opportunity to read a wide range of translated literature. You can find out about the members of the shadow jury and keep track of our progress here. Follow us on twitter to find out more about what we're up to!

The official longlist (with links to reviews when I post them):

Bloodlines by Marcello Fois, translated by Silvester Mazzarella

Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Don Bartlett

By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomas Avila Laurel, translated by Jethro Soutar

Colorless Tsukaru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel

F by Daniel Kuhlmann, translated by Carol Brown Janeway

In the Beginning was the Sea by Tomas Gonzalez, translated by Frank Wynne

Look Who's Back by Vernes Timur, translated by Jamie Bulloch

The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov, translated by Andrew Bromfield

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky

The Giraffe's Neck by Judith Schalansky, translated by Shaun Whiteside

The Investigation by J.M. Lee, translated by Chi-Young Kim

The Last Lover by Can Xue, translated by Annelise Finegan

The Ravens by Tomas Bannerhed, translated by Sarah Death

Tiger Milk by Stefanie de Valasco, translated by Tim Mohr

While the Gods Were Sleeping by Erwin Mortier, translated by Paul Vincent

And an addition to the list for the Shadow Panel: 

Zone by Mathias Enard, translated by Charlotte Mandell

I have until April 9th to read as many of these books as possible. Wish me luck!

In other news, I have a rather large stack of books that are waiting for reviews to be written. I'll try to work on those when I'm not reading the IFFP longlist.

Coming up (in no particular order):

I have also been accepted as a Goodreads librarian! This will be a huge help, since I am frequently finding books that do not have Goodreads pages. 

Happy reading!


  1. I'm looking forward to reading for the IFFP with you, Chelsea!

    1. Should be interesting. Just finished "The Last Lover" and didn't like it very much. I hope the other ones are better.