March 7, 2012 by markstani
Announced today, this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist is markedly different to last year’s corresponding collection: whereas 2011 was very much centred on South America (culminating in a Peruvian winner), 2012 steers more towards Israel and north/east Europe. You can read the opening paragraphs of all the longlisted titles by scrolling to the post below. Two of the fifteen contenders – Dream of Ding Village and Please Look After Mother – are also shortlisted for the MAN Asian Literary Prize, whose winner is announced next week – you can read my reviews by clicking the titles. Another longlistee I have already reviewed is Scenes From Village Life by Amos Oz.
As with the MAN Asian Prize, I will be part of a ‘Shadow’ IFFP jury which also comprises Stu, our chairman, at Winstonsdad; Gary at Parrish Lantern; Simon at Inside Books; and Robaroundbooks. Our aim is not to seek to second-guess nor undermine the actual jury, but to encourage discussion of the longlisted titles among the wider community – in my view, the single most important aspiration of any literary prize list. You will be able to check back here for links to all the Shadow jury’s reviews as and when they appear.