Awards: PEN/Faulkner Fiction, EBRD Literature Finalists

The five finalists for the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction are:

Hernan Diaz for In the Distance (Coffee House Press)
Samantha Hunt for The Dark Dark (FSG Originals)
Achy Obejas for The Tower of the Antilles (Akashic Books)
Joan Silber for Improvement (Counterpoint)
Jesmyn Ward for Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner)

The winner will be announced on April 4.


Three finalists have been named for the inaugural €20,000 (about $24,630) EBRD Literature Prize, which was launched by the British Council and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to champion "the art of translation as well as the extraordinary richness, depth and variety of arts and history in the countries in the Bank's region."

The prize honors "the best work of literary fiction translated from the original language into English and published by a U.K. publisher in the 18 months up to 15 November 2017." The money is equally divided between author and translator. The winner will be announced April 10 on the eve of the London Book Fair. The finalists are:

All the World's a Stage by Boris Akunin, translated by Andrew Bromfield from Russian
Belladonna by Daša Drndic, translated by Celia Hawkesworth from Croatian
Istanbul Istanbul by Burhan Sönmez, translated by Ümit Hussein from Turkish

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