PEN Award Winning Titles


English PEN’s Writers in Translation programme promotes new and exciting literature from around the world. We’re always on the lookout for books that are thought provoking as well as being great reads. Our aim is to support translators and publishers to get great writing in front of as many readers as possible!

All of the books below have been selected for PEN awards by our unique Writers in Translation Committee; these books come highly recommended.

On this page you will find links to information on each of the books supported by our PEN Promotes! and PEN Translates! programmes since 2005. Just click on the book cover image to learn more. You can also download our recommended reading list.


Putin's Russia by Anna Politkovskya
Ministry of Pain by Dubravka Ugresic
Into the Quick of Life by Jean Hatzfeld
Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury
We are Iran by Nasrin Alavi
Heart of Fire by Senait Mehari
The Silent Steppe by Mukhamet Shayakhmetov
Allah is Not Obliged by Ahmadou Kourouma
Being Arab by Samir Kassir
An Afghan Journey by Roger Willemsen
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
Touba and the Meaning of Night by Shahrnush Parsipur
State of Emergency by Soleïman Adel Guémar
The Loser by Fatos Kongoli
One Soldier's War in Chechnya by Arkady Babchenko
The Bridge of the Golden Horn by Emine Sevgi Özdamar
The Siege by David Bellos
My Father's Wives by José Eduardo Agualusa
The Blind Sunflowers by Alberto Mendez
Like Eating a Stone by Wojciech Tochman
How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone by Anthea Bell
Idle Years by Cengiz Lugal
Dreams from the Endz by Faïza Guène
The Armies by Evelio Rosero
Rivers of Babylon 2 & 3 by Peter Pišťanek
Ruth Maier's Diary by Ruth Maier
Beaufort by Ron Leshem
Leaving Tangier by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Yalo by Elias Khoury
See How Much I Love You by Luis Leante
The Madman of Freedom Square by Hassan Blasim
Lovetown by Michal Witkowski
Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu
The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi
The Dove Flyer by Eli Amir
Beirut39 by Various
The Accident by Ismail Kadare
School Blues by Daniel Pennac
Beauty and the Inferno by Roberto Saviano
Dreams in a Time of War by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
The Anatomy of a Moment by Javier Cercas
A Palace in the Old Village by Tahar Ben Jelloun
In the Sea there are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda
The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung
The Colonel by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
Purgatory by Tomás Eloy Martínez
I Was Born There, I Was Born Here by Mourid Barghouti
7 Ways to Kill a Cat by Matías Néspolo
The Patagonian Hare by Claude Lanzmann
The Last of the Vostyachs by Diego Marani
The World Record by Various
A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution by Samar Yazbek
Bones Will Crow by Various
Ryszard Kapuściński: A Life by Artur Domosławski
The Sound of Things Falling
The Iraqi Christ
The Godess Chronicle
Ways of Going Home
The Silence and the Roar
Horses of God
F: Hu Feng's Prison Years
The Mussolini Canal
Writing Revolution
Time on my hands
All is Silence
The Devil's Workshop
The Lady From Tel Aviv