PEN Samples, offered by English PEN from 2009 to 2015, was a rolling grant for sample translations into English of books in other languages. This grant has now been succeeded by the biannual PEN Presents grant.
Award-winning sample translations and reports, 2009-2015
Hristo Karastoyanov: The Same Night Awaits Us All – sample translation available here: The Same Night Awaits Us All – Bulgarian fiction. Acquired by Open Letter Books (USA), to publish in 2017. Read an interview with translator Izidora Angel
Vladimir Zarev: Ruin – sample translation available here: Ruin – Bulgarian fiction
Hamid Ismailov: Dance of Devils – sample translation available here: Dance of Devils – Uzbek fiction
Han Yujoo: The Impossible Fairytale – sample translation available here: The Impossible Fairytale – Korean fiction. Acquired by Tilted Axis Press (UK), to publish in 2017.
Sindri Freysson: Daughter of my Mothers – sample translation available here: Daughter of my Mothers – Icelandic fiction
Hwang Sok-yong: Princess Bari – sample translation available here: Princess Bari – Korean fiction
From the Archive of Censored Materials, edited & translated by ko ko thett – sample translation available – Burmese poetry
Söyün’gül Janishif: The Land Drowned in Tears – sample translation available here: May 18th 1968 – Uyghur memoir
Mansour Al-Souwaim: Zakirat Sharir – sample translation available here: A Wicked Mind – Arabic fiction
Ipek Çalislar: Latife Hanım– sample translation by Feyza Howell available here: Latife Hanım – Turkish, Biography. Madam Atatürk: The First Lady of Modern Turkey was published by Saqi Books in 2013.
Ali al-Dumaini: Time for Prison, Times for Freedom – Arabic fiction
Ak Welsapar: COBRA – Russian fiction
Jiang Qisheng: My Life in Prison – Chinese memoir
Jean-Louis N’Tadi: Le Chef d’…tat – French play
Mamadali Mahmudov: Eternal Mountain – Uzbek fiction
Philipp Manes: As if It Were Life – German memoir
Omer Asan: Niko’s Kemence – Turkish fiction
Against the Tide – Reader’s Report – sample translation by Elisabeth Jaquette available here: Against the Tide Translation Sample – Arabic fiction