Posted by: Lisa Hill | May 21, 2013

The Detour wins the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Cover, Australian edition (Scribe)

Well, 24 hours ago the Shadow IFFP announced its choice of winner for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: we chose Dublinesque by Enrique Vilas-Matas; trans. Rosalind Harvey & Anne McLean  (Spanish); Harvill Secker.  As you can see from our reviews on the Shadow IFFP Combined Reviews page, we all enjoyed reading it and were happy to select it as our winner.

But in London today the actual winner was announced – and I’m just as pleased to see that  The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker; trans. David Colmer (Dutch); Harvill Secker was the official winner.  You can read my review here.  This was the first of the longlisted books that I read, and I thought it was every bit as good as Bakker’s other prize winning novel, The Twin.  (See my review of The Twin too.).

You can also read an Interview with Gerbrand Bakker at Stu’s blog, Winston’s Dad.

  • As I said last year, the real winners 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.

To my fellow jurors Stu from Winston’s Dad, Tony from Tony’s Reading List, Mark Staniforth from Eleutherophobia, and Gary from Parrish Lantern – thanks, gentlemen!


Fishpond: The Detour (the title link is for the Australian edition)


  1. I think the shortlist was a real winner this time ,I do prefer the twin but it is a good book and worthy winner ,all the best stu


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