PEN Presents… Europe

English PEN is pleased to present six books by European authors, recommended by literary translators, which have not yet been acquired for English-language publication. This list includes literary sci-fi, deeply moving historical fiction, contemporary poetry, YA fiction and a laugh-out-loud campus novel, and gives a glimpse into the exciting literature coming out of Europe in the 21st century. This is the first list of English PEN’s new PEN Presents initiative, launched in 2015.

PEN Presents… Europe has been developed in partnership with EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) London and the Czech Centre. The translators who championed the books (and produced the high-quality sample translations) took part in a celebratory event at London’s Free Word Centre in June as part of the 2016 European Literature Festival.

Future rounds of ‘PEN Presents’ aim to travel to Asia, Africa and the Americas. So watch this space… but for now, welcome to Europe!

Our PEN Presents… Europe catalogue is available to read and download below.

A note for publishers: The translators are not formally attached to the books, and have received awards of £250 each for their work. Their biographies are included in the catalogue for your interest; if you would like to approach one of them for a project please do contact

Winning books – details

Ilva FabianiThe Long Nights of Anna Alrutz by Ilva Fabiani
Original title: Le lunghe notti di Anna Alrutz
Language: Italian
Length: 252 pages
Genre: Literary fiction
Original publisher: Feltrinelli, 2014
Rights holder: Feltrinelli
Other languages sold: n/a

Kelderkind_co_0912_D_3druk_softcover.inddCellar Child by Kristien Dieltiens
Original title: Kelderkind
Language: Dutch
Length: 485 pages
Genre: Young adult crossover
Original publisher: De Eenhoorn, 2012
Rights holder: De Eenhoorn
Other languages sold: Danish and German

Antonio OrejudoA Brief Respite by Antonio Orejudo
Original title: Un momento de descanso
Language: Spanish
Length: 248 pages
Genre: Literary fiction
Original publisher: Tusquets Editores, 2011
Rights holder: Tusquets Editores
Other languages sold: n/a

Ulrike AlmutThick of It by Ulrike Almut Sandig
Original title: Dickicht
Language: German
Length: 80 pages
Genre: Poetry
Original publisher: Schöffling & Co, 2011
Rights holder: Schöffling & Co
Other languages sold: n/a

AhmetYorulmazChildren of War by Ahmet Yorulmaz
Original title: Savaşın Çocukları
Language: Turkish
Length: 143 pages
Genre: Literary fiction
Original publisher: Remzi Kitabevi, 1997
Rights holder: Onk Agency
Other languages sold: Greek and Albanian

Catherine DufourA Taste for Immortality by Catherine Dufour
Original title: Le goût de l’immortalité
Language: French
Length: 249 pages
Genre: Literary science-fiction
Original publisher: Les Éditions Mnémos, 2005
Rights holder: Mon Agent et Companie
Other languages sold: n/a

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