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Announcing the 2018 Best Translated Book Award Longlists!

By Harriet Staff
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Yesterday, the 2018 Best Translated Book Award Longlist was announced; it includes some truly astonishing poetry and quite a bit of attention for small presses! Susan Bernofsky, true dispatcher, shared the list: "The BTBA has been around since 2007 now," she writes, "run out of the University of Rochester by Three Percent. Each prize comes with $5000 awards for both translator and author/poet." With no further ado:


Adrenalin by Ghayath Almadhoun, translated from the Arabic by Catherine Cobham(Syria, Action Books)

Hackers by Aase Berg, translated from the Swedish by Johannes Göransson (Sweden, Black Ocean Press)

Paraguayan Sea by Wilson Bueno, translated from the Portunhol and Guarani to Frenglish and Guarani by Erin Moore(Brazil, Nightboat Books)

Things That Happen by Bhaskar Chakrabarti, translated from the Bengali by Arunava Sinha (India, Seagull Books)

I Remember Nightfall by Marosa di Giorgio, translated from the Spanish by Jeannine Marie Pitas (Uruguay, Ugly Duckling Presse)

Astroecology by Johannes Heldén, translated from the Swedish by Kirkwood Adams, Elizabeth Clark Wessel, and Johannes Heldén (Sweden, Argos Books)

Magnetic Point by Ryszard Krynicki, translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh (Poland, New Directions)

Third-Millennium Heart by Ursula Andkjaer Olsen, translated from the Danish by Katrine Øgaard Jensen (Denmark, Broken Dimanche Press)

Spiral Staircase by Hirato Renkichi, translated from the Japanese by Sho Sugita (Japan, Ugly Duckling Presse)

Directions for Use by Ana Ristović, translated from the Serbian by Steven Teref and Maja Teref (Serbia, Zephyr Press)

Before Lyricism by Eleni Vakalo, translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich (Greece, Ugly Duckling Presse)

Iron Moon by Chinese Migrant Worker Poetry edited by Qin Xiaoyu, translated from the Chinese by Eleanor Goodman(China, White Pine Press)

Find the full longlist for Fiction, and more info, here.

Originally Published: April 11th, 2018