Friday, May 05, 2006

Norwegian Author Takes Foreign Fiction Award

The Independent Foreign Fiction (which I mentioned just in passing the other day, claiming "award fatigue"!) has been won by Norwegian writer Per Petterson for his novel Out Stealing Horses :
.. a coming-of-age story, rich with incidents and revelations that bring to light family tragedy, hidden passions and the traumas of the German occupation of Norway, (which) unfolds one brief but blazing summer against the brilliantly rendered landscape of the Norwegian woods.
(You can read the Independent's original review of the book here.)

The judges described the book as "truly remarkable", while translator Anne Born, was praised for "a loving translation" of "a lovely book".

The runner-up was Fatelessness Imre Kertesz

Also on the shortlist were:

The Door Magda Szabó
Mercedes-Benz Pawel Huelle
This Blinding Absence of Light Tahar Ben Jelloun
The Ministry of Pain Dubravka Ugresic

More on this story here.

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