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Tristano Dies: A Life Longlisted for National Translation Award

Antonio Tabucchi’s novel, Tristano Dies: A Life, translated from the Italian by Elizabeth Harris, was recently longlisted for the 2016 National Translation Award in Prose.  Hailed by Necessary Fiction as “mesmerizing,” Tristano Dies is the story of Tristano, a hero of the Italian Resistance. As he lies on his deathbed, Tristano tells his life’s story to a writer, detailing heroic deeds and horrific betrayals.

The NTA shortlists will be announced in September, and the winners in early October. You can read more about the prize and take a look at the other nominated titles here.

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Don Bartlett, Melanie Mauthner, and others on the art of translation


Don Bartlett, translator of the My Struggle series, discusses the “tension between being true to the original [work] and being readable,” Melanie Mauthner divulges how she translates Scholastique Mukasonga, and others dive into the artistry behind translating a piece of foreign fiction.

Read the full article here.

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Kovačič voted as outstanding Slovene novelist of past 25 years

kresnik award

kresnik award

A jury of 18 leading Slovene literary critics and historians chose Lojze Kovačič as the outstanding Slovene novelist since Slovenia achieved its independence in 1991. Kovačič’s 1991 novel, Time of Crystal, was chosen among the top 25 novels that have been awarded the annual Kresnik prize from 1991-2016 and deemed the Kresnik of Kresniks.

See full article here.

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Our Lady of the Nile shortlisted for the 2016 DUBLIN International Literary Award

1128 The 2016 DUBLIN International Literary Award shortlist was announced Tuesday, April 12th. The list includes ten novels and Archipelago’s own, Scholastique Muksonga for Our Lady of the Nile, translated by Melanie Mauthner. The Award is presented annually for a novel written or translated into English. See the complete list here.

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Elias Khoury wins prestigious Mahmoud Darwish Award for Creativity 2016, donates his $25,000 award to Birzeit University

Elias Khoury Donates Award to Birzeit University


Khoury was cited both for his large and diverse literary output and for his attention to Palestine, which has been a cornerstone of his writing and activism.

University president Abdel Latif Abu Hijleh said, according to WAFA, “Elias Khoury has been a long-standing supporter of the Palestinian cause. He is a man of great thought who has made tremendous literary contributions to the Palestinian liberation struggle.”

Khoury is a Lebanese novelist, playwright, critic and a prominent public intellectual, who has published ten novels, which have been translated into several foreign languages, as well as several works of literary criticism.

He has written three plays and served as editor of Al-Mulhaq, the weekly cultural supplement of the Lebanese daily newspaper Al-Nahar between 1993 and 2009.

Khoury currently teaches literature at New York University and is co-editor of the Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filastiniyya, published by the Institute of Palestine Studies.

Abu Hijleh said, “Khoury’s generous gift is just one more example of his leadership in the educational and intellectual arenas, and devotion to the Palestinian cause.”

The Mahmoud Darwish Awards were announced in Jordan, on the anniversary of the poet’s birth, and awarded to – in addition to Khoury – Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan and American novelist Alice Walker. Each prizewinner was awarded $25,000.

Zaqtan was awarded this prize for his great knowledge of poetic tradition and his modernism, while Walker won for both her novels (The Color Purple in particular) and her anti-racism activism.

Faisal Darraj led the judging committee, which consisted of other members, namely Egyptian writers Ibrahim Abdel Maguid, Sa’eed Kafrawi, and Amani Fuad, Jordanian writers Hisham Bustani, Basma al-Nsour, and Jamal Naji, Lebanese novelist Jabbour Douaihy, Mahmoud’s brother Zaki Darwish, Palestinian writer Akram Musallam, and the Iraqi short-story writer Luay Hamza Abbas.



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Review of Private Life in The Irish Times

Private life

“…very readable, slightly chaotic yet seductively atmospheric. For all the vicious side swipes, it concludes with a tender exchange between an ancient mother and her already elderly son as he fears she is about to die. He wants her to live forever, just as a reader may wish that Sagarra’s very long novel could have continued for, at the very least, another 200 pages of mischief.”  – Eileen BattersbyThe Irish Times

Read the full review of Private Life here