Posted by: Lisa Hill | April 11, 2013

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Shortlist 2013 (Shadow Jury combined reviews)

Shadow IFFP badge 2013 Today the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013 shortlist was announced last week and so now the Shadow Jury coordinated by Stu from Winston’s Dad will be hard at work selecting a winner.  The other members of the team are Tony from Tony’s Reading List, Gary from The Parrish Lantern, and Mark from Eleutherophobia.  Between us, we reviewed all the books on the longlist, while this page you are reading has links to all the reviews of the shortlist by the Shadow Prize Jury.

(Update: 27 March 2013: I have decided to add in some extra reviews, from blogging friends who comprise the Giller Prize Shadow Jury.  So for some titles, you may find reviews from Kim at Reading Matters, Trevor at The Mookse and the Gripes, or Kevin from Kevin from Canada.)

THE DETOUR by Gerbrand Bakker; trans. David Colmer (Dutch); Harvill Secker

BUNDU by Chris Barnard; trans. Michiel Heyns (Afrikaans); Alma Books

TRIESTE by Dasa Drndic; trans. Ellen Elias-Bursac (Croatian); MacLehose

THE FALL OF THE STONE CITY by Ismail Kadare; trans. John Hodgson (Albanian); Canongate (On order)

TRAVELLER OF THE CENTURY by Andres Neuman; trans. Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garcia (Spanish); Harvill Secker

DUBLINESQUE by Enrique Vilas-Matas; trans. Rosalind Harvey & Anne McLean (Spanish); Harvill Secker 

The winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013 will be announced  on 20 May.


  1. Hi Lisa. I have also reviewed:

    Bundu –

    Trieste –

    Dublinesque –


    • Thanks Tony, will add these ASAP, flooded by shortlists tonight and we have guests for dinner!


      • I had noticed (the shortlists, not the guests!) – they always come in bunches, don’t they…


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