Well, 24 hours ago the Shadow IFFP announced its choice of winner for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: we selected From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjon. All of us felt that it was an exceptionally good book and were happy to endorse it as our winner.
However today in London the actual winner was announced – and I’m just as pleased to see that Blooms of Darkness by Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld was the official winner. It’s a very fine book, and you can see my review here.
My fellow juror-and-conspirator from Australia, Tony from Tony’s Reading List has written a thoughtful post (in his usual inimitable style!) about the experience of contributing to one of these Shadow juries, and well, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Check it out here.
The real winners, I think, are those who take a step out of their comfort zone and read a book in translation. As the chair of the Shadow Jury, Stu from Winston’s Dad often says, it’s an opportunity to ‘read the world one book at a time’!
Check out some of the other Translated Books I’ve reviewed by clicking here, or on the tag in the RH menu.
Author: Aharon Appelfeld
Title: Blooms of Darkness, A Novel
Translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green
Publisher: Schocken Books, 2010
Source: Personal library
Fishpond: Blooms of Darkness