Best Translated Book Awards 2020 Longlist

In its 13th year of honoring literature in translation, the Best Translated Book Awards named their 2020 longlists for fiction and poetry on April 1. The complete longlists are at the link.

The BTBA longlists feature a diverse group of authors and translators from a variety of publishers, both large and small. The 25 fiction books and 10 poetry books on this year’s longlists represent 20 different countries and feature authors writing in 18 languages.

The works of genre interest on the Best Translated Book Award 2020: Fiction Longlist are:

  • Tentacle by Rita Indiana, translated from the Spanish by Achy Obejas (Dominican Republic, And Other Stories)
  • The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder (Japan, Pantheon)
  • China Dream by Ma Jian, translated from the Chinese by Flora Drew (China, Counterpoint)
  • Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz, translated from the Spanish by Sara Moses and Carolina Orloff (Argentina, Charco Press)
  • Parade by Hiromi Kawakami, translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell (Japan, Soft Skull)

Thanks to financial support from the Amazon Literary Partnership, the winning authors and translators will receive a monetary prize. The shortlists for both the fiction and poetry awards will be announced by early May.

This year’s fiction jury is comprised of Elisa Wouk Almino, Pierce Alquist, Hailey Dezort, Louisa Ermelino, Hal Hlavinka, Keaton Patterson, Christopher Phipps, Lesley Rains, and Justin Walls.

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4 thoughts on “Best Translated Book Awards 2020 Longlist

  1. @John Winkelman: I was just going to post a comment asking if anyone had read it! Clearly the shoggoth is messing about with the time controls again.

  2. I’ve read Parade and The Memory Police. China Dream is on my tbr at the moment.

    I would struggle to pick between the two I’ve read but I think The Memory Police is a traditionally stronger story. Parade is a quietly weird piece of quirky, charming fiction but I think its main appeal is to people who are already fans of Kawakami.

  3. @KasaObake: I liked The Memory Police a lot; it never went quite where I was expecting.

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