Have you ever thought about what it takes to translate a novel from one language to another? The 2015 Best Translated Book Award, presented by Three Percent, rewards translators for what is often times a faceless, yet meaningful, task: “…despite the quality of these books, most translations go virtually unnoticed and never find their audience.” Three Percent is an online website for literature translation and housed by the University of Rochester.
The 2015 Best Translated Book Award – Longlist was just announced and includes 25 fiction titles and 17 poetry collections. The authors and translators are in the running for a $5000 prize for each of them in both categories, fiction and poetry. The shortlist will be announced May 5th and the prizes will be awarded on May 27th at Book Expo.
The finalists come from 23 different places of origin and wrote in 14 different languages.