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Writers in Translation Christmas Book List 2012

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Why not treat your friends and family to an English PEN award-winning book this Christmas? Here’s a list of our most recent award-winning titles, all published in 2012, and all highly recommended by English PEN:

  • Ryszard Kapuścinśki: A Life, by Artur Domosławski, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Published by Verso. Buy online here.

This is the definitive biography of one of the most significant journalists of the twentieth century. Read more…

  • The Last of the Vostyachs, by Diego Marani, translated from the Italian by Judith Landry. Published by Dedalus. Buy online here.

This is a novel about the nature, life and death of languages told through the story of Ivan, the last remaining speaker of the language of imaginary ethinic group, Vostyach. Read more…

  • The World Record, ed. Neil Astley and Anna Selby, by various poets and translators. Published by Bloodaxe. Buy online here.

 An international anthology of work by poets from the countries taking part in the 2012 London Olympics, featuring a translated poem from each of the 204 Olympic nations. Read more…

  • Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets, translated from the Burmese by ko ko thett and James Byrne. Published by Arc Publications. Buy online here.

This is the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poets published in the West, and includes the work of Burmese poets who have been in exile and in prison. Read more…

  • A Woman in the Crossfire, by Samar Yazbek, translated from the Arabic by Max Weiss. Published by Haus Publishing. Buy online here.

A unique report of the first five months of the Syrian uprising, Samar Yazbek offers a precise and personal account. Read more…

  • The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean. To be published by Bloomsbury Publishing. Buy online here.

A moving revelation of the monstrous consequences of the drug trade for daily life in Colombia, the thriller The Sound of Things Falling won Spain’s prestigious Alfaguara Prize on publication in 2011. Read more…

  • The Iraqi Christ, by Hassan Blasim, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright. To be published by Comma Press.Buy online here. (available to order online, publication March 2013)

This collection of short stories shines a clear light into the dark absurdities of Iraq’s recent past, making some of the horrors real with the help of the unreal. Read more…

If you are not looking for books this Christmas, you can still support English PEN’s work by sending seasons greetings to writers at risk…

Show your support for writers at risk around the world by sending a seasonal greetings card. Many writers who have received these cards have told us of how much it meant to them to be remembered by their colleagues in this way, and those of you who have participated in previous years will know how touching it is to receive a response from a prisoner or their family.

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