In The Guardian Paula Erizanu reports that Translated book sales are up, but Britain is still cut off from foreign literature. Some interesting numbers and explanations..
The Nobel Prize in Literature is always announced on a Thursday in October, and in recent years they’ve neatly slotted it in during Nobel week, when the other major prizes are announced (the Thursday conveniently held open for them). Not so this year: as they’ve (surprisingly) announced, they’re going to wait until the 13th this year. (Surprisingly, because they usually don’t announce such delays; one would have expected them to just remain silent on Monday (as traditionally they announce on the Monday of the week they plan to announce the prize that … they plan to announce the prize; silence would have automatically signalled: not this week, wait until next).)
They announced the six-title shortlist for the Man Booker Prize (awarded for a novel written in English and published in the UK) today, as literary-prize-season has really gotten going (culminating with the Nobel announcement in early October).
Here are some other international fiction prizes that have recently announced long/shortlists: Continue reading