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LOVE Wins at PEN Literary Awards

LOVE banner image from PEN Awards

We are delighted to announce that Martin Aitken’s translation of Hanne Ørstavik’s Love won the 2019 PEN Translation Prize last night!

We’re enormously grateful to PEN America and the Translation Prize judges, Ezra Fitz, Barbara Harshav, Vincent Kling, Marian Schwartz, and Ron Slate, who wrote, “What we have, in the end, with Love, is an extraordinary translation of an uncannily singular novel, one which the judges will be savoring for many years to come.”

We’d also like to send our warmest congratulations to all of last night’s winners and finalists.

Love is available at major retailers and your local independent bookstore. You can also order Love directly from us. Use discount code LOVE30 at checkout for 30% off before Sunday, March 9.

As Aitken said in his acceptance speech, “Here’s to Love!”



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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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Alyson Waters awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize for her translation of Eric Chevillard's Prehistoric Times








Alyson Waters has won the 26th annual French-American Translation Prize for the best French to English translation of fiction.

The French-American Foundation received 64 submissions to the Translation Prize this year from more than 35 American publishers.

The jury, which includes Linda Asher, David Bellos, Linda Coverdale, Emmanuelle Ertel and Lorin Stein, has selected the best English translations of French works published in 2012. The 10 finalists form a prestigious and diverse group that includes Prix Goncourt-winning French bestsellers, debutnovels written by talented young authors and provocative and stimulating essays in non-fiction.

Congratulations Alyson!

See the French-American Foundation’s Official Press Release announcing the 26th Annual Translation Prize Winners

Read more about the prize and other finalists here.

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Prehistoric Times and Wheel With a Single Spoke named Best Translated Book Award finalists









Congratulations to Sean Cotter and Alyson Waters!

Cotter’s translation from the Romanian of Nichita Stanescu’s Wheel with a Single Spoke and Other Poems has been named a Best Translated Book Award finalist in poetry. In the category of fiction, Waters’s translation from the French of Eric Chevillard’s Prehistoric Times has advanced to BTBA finalist standing.


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Three titles on the Best Translated Book Awards longlist!










Archipelago Books has three titles on Three Percent’s Best Translated Books Award longlist: Eric Chevillard’s Prehistoric Times, translated from the French by Alyson Waters, Miljenko Jergovic’s Mama Leone, translated from the Croatian by David Williams, and Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett. You can check the list out here.

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James Wood names My Struggle one of his Books of the Year in The New Yorker

In Page Turner, The New Yorker‘s book blog, James Wood names My Struggle: Book One one of his books of the year:

I loved My Struggle … This is a book intensely hospitable to ideas, and it is thrilling to witness a properly grave and ironic mind, treating, in a theoretical and philosophical and yet fundamentally unshowy way, all kinds of elements of life: having children, the working of memory, reading Adorno, playing guitar and drums in crappy rock bands, drinking too much, looking at Constable drawings, sex (good and bad), and death.

Read the full piece here.

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Two Archipelago titles in The Quarterly Conversation's Favorites of the Year









Jeff Bursey names My Struggle Book One and In Red as two of his favorite reads this year in The Quarterly Conversation.

#1: My Struggle, by Karl Ove Knausgaard. This hit me where I write and in what I think of family relations. To the first: the play of ideas mixed with the recitation of events is powerful.

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