Finally! The Long List for the IFFP 2015 is Here!



I feel I have been waiting forever, at least as long as it takes for the latest Haruki Murakami book to come to the States, for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize long list to be revealed for 2015. The Shadow Jury, organized by Chairman Stu, has been holding its breath all day for this announcement, for we will be eagerly reading each book to determine which one we feel should be the winner.

The list is as follows:

Bloodlines by Marcello Fois  (translated from Italian)
Translated by Silvester Mazarella

Boyhood Island

Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard (translated from Norwegian)
Translated by Don Bartlett

By Night The

By Night The Mountain Burns by Juan Tomas Avila Laurel (translated from Spanish)
Translated by Jethro Soutar


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (translated from Japanese)
Translated by Philip Gabriel

F by Philip Kellerman (translated from German)
Translated by Carol Brown Janeway

In The Beginning Was The Sea by Tomas Gonzalez (translated from Spanish)
Translated by Frank Wynne

Look Who’s Back by Vernes Timur (translated from German)
Translated by Jamie Bulloch

The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov (translated from Russian)
Translated by Andrew Bromfield

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (translated from German)
Translated by Susan Bernofsky

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The Giraffe’s Neck by Judith Schalansky (translated from German)
Translated by Shaun Whiteside

The Investigation
The Investigation by J.M. Lee (translated from Korean)
Translated by Chi-Young Kim

The Last Lover
The Last Lover by Can Xue (translated from Chinese)
Translated by Annelise Finegan

The Ravens
The Ravens by Tomas Bannerhed (translated from Swedish)
Translated by Sarah Death

Tiger Milk
Tiger Milk by Stefanie De Velasco (translated from German)
Translated by Tim Mohr

While The Gods Were Sleeping
While The Gods Were Sleeping by Erwin Mortier (translated from Dutch)
Translated by Paul Vincent

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 will honour the best work of fiction by a living author that has been translated into English from any other language and published in the United Kingdom in 2014.

The deadline for publishers to submit entries was Tuesday 16 September. The 2015 judging panel, which will be announced in due course, will select a longlist of approximately 15 titles, a shortlist of six and one winner. Uniquely, the Prize gives the winning author and translator equal status: each receives £5,000.

Stay up-to-date with the Prize on Twitter@Booktrust and #IFFP.


The members of the Shadow Jury with whom I will be reading are listed on the sidebar of my blog. We will keep you informed as to our opinions of each title, and which we feel are the most significant. Off to my library now, to see which two books they have before I order the rest online.

14 thoughts on “Finally! The Long List for the IFFP 2015 is Here!”

    1. You know me well; I’ve only read the Murakami. One down, fourteen to go! Saddest of all is that only two are at my library, two are completely unavailable in the US, and the rest I’ll buy for my Kindle. I can’t wait to uncover their contents!


  1. I guess this is an awkward question to ask a Murakami fan, but do you think this particular book deserve to be here, I’ve read it, enjoyed it, but didn’t think it was one of his better works.

    Ps, glad to see you’re onboard again


    1. You know I’m one of Murakami’s greatest fans, but it isn’t an awkward question. I read Colorless Tzukuru Tasaki And His Years of Pilgrimage, and I enjoyed it, but I agree: it was not one of my favorite books of his. Perhaps part of why it made the list is that he’s long overdue for recognition of a formal sort? Also, I think people may like the fact that it’s more realistic than some of his other works. No parallel universes in this one! But, as you said, I agree it’s not one of his better works.


  2. Wow! What a great list of books to read. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on them (that way I can see which I need to add to my TBR pile). I’m excited to see the Murakami one on there as it was one of my favorites of his. Enjoy all of these books – hopefully your library will surprise you have three of them instead of two 🙂


    1. Our stinky library had two, which is better than none, but still…Even in the US has two which are completely unavailable! So, I am in the process of trying to locate a copy for each. Many of the books are available for the Kindle, though, and that is some relief. Reading for the IFFP last year was some of the best reading I’d done all year, so I’m really looking forward to beginning this year’s list. It seems I just can’t read popular fiction anymore, with any degree of satisfaction.


  3. I have read The Dead Lake which I thought was a brilliant novella and I have Boyhood Island on my kindle and have been avoiding reading it for some time, I guess I should now!

    Looking forward to your reviews to help decide which other titles to read, have fun reading and shadowing the prize!!


    1. I have read The Mussel Feast published by Peirene Press last year for the IFFP, and it was in the top two of the bunch for me. They are a fabulous publishing company, I think.

      As for Knausgaard’s books, I have already bought the first and the second, but I’ve read neither! I wonder if I’ll get around to opening (buying) the third.

      I’m looking forward to sharing the books via discussion; thanks for your interest.

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  4. I am looking forward to your reviews (and Stu’s) this year. I am becoming more interested in hearing about translated fiction but it is hard to source in Australia. Thank goodness for Kindle. I too get bored with modern fiction. Seems I either look for translated fiction or older books. I am still needing to concentrate though on my Penguins and my TBR here at home. Happy reading.


    1. It’s hard to find these books in America, too. I’ve been so disappointed in our library, which wins national awards every year, but I think the problem is larger than just the library. Perhaps Americans in general are not reading the quality of literature I would hope. They seem to fall, as a gross generalization, for the current best sellers. Or, as you say, modern fiction. How else can we explain the lack of availability? There’s no shortage of Stephen King or David Baldacci novels…

      I don’t blame you for concentrating on your Penguins and reading stack at home. A very worthy goal.


    1. Murakami is the only one I’ve read from the list, too, though I’ve long had my eye on Dead Lake from Peirene Press. I’m looking forward to reading the list, or as much as I can, and sharing the reviews.


  5. Last year, I heard about this prize very later – probably around the time the winner was announced, so this year I am glad to be following along. There are some great books in here – I need to check them out.


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