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2015 Man Booker International Prize Finalists at Words without Borders

May 13, 2015

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The Man Booker International Prize, given every two years, recognizes writers whose work as appeared in English or been translated into English for literary achievement over the duration of their careers.  Among the eight finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize International who write in a language…...read more »

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2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Hoda Barakat

May 18, 2015

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Hoda Barakat was born in Beirut in 1952 and brought up in Bsharré, Lebanon. She has worked in teaching and journalism, and has published five novels, two plays, a book of short stories and a book of memoirs, as well as contributing to books written in French. Her work has been translated into…...read more »

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2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Ibrahim al-Koni

May 18, 2015

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Born in 1948 in Ghadames Oasis, Ibrahim al-Koni was brought up on the tradition of the Tuaregs, popularly known as "the veiled men" or "the blue men." Mythological elements, spiritual quest, and existential questions mingle in the writings of al-Koni, who has been hailed as magical realist,…...read more »

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2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Katherine Silver

May 18, 2015

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Katherine Silver is an award-winning translator of literature from Spanish and is the co-director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) in Alberta, Canada. Her most recent translations include works by Martín Adán, Daniel Sada, Horacio Castellanos Moya, César…...read more »

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2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Michiel Heyns

May 18, 2015

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Michiel Heyns attended school in South Africa, in Thaba Nchu, Kimberley, and Grahamstown, and studied at the universities of Stellenbosch (B.Comm., MA, D. Litt.) and Cambridge (MA). He served as professor of English at Stellenbosch University from 1987 until 2002, when he took early retirement to be…...read more »

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2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: William Maynard Hutchins

May 18, 2015

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William Maynard Hutchins (b.1944) was the principal translator of The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz. He has been awarded National Endowment for the Arts grants for literary translation for both 2005-2006 and 2011-2012, each time for a different novel by Ibrahim al-Koni. His recent translations…...read more »

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2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Marilyn Booth

May 18, 2015

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Marilyn Booth is visiting associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the Program in Comparative and World Literature. Author most recently ofMay Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biography and Gender Politics in Egypt, she has also translated fiction and autobiography from Egypt…...read more »

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2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Maryse Condé

May 14, 2015

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Maryse Condé was born in Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean. She studied at the Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), where she took her doctorate in comparative literature (1975). Her research was on black stereotypes in Caribbean literature. For twelve years, she lived in West…...read more »

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2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Richard Philcox

May 14, 2015

Richard Philcox is the translator of 2015 Man Booker Prize International finalist Maryse Condé and Franz Fanon. Words without Borders: It must be gratifying to see the writer you translate honored as a finalist for the Man Booker. What is it that drew you, as a translator,…...read more »

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2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: George Szirtes

May 13, 2015

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George Szirtes is a poet and translator. He was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956, following the Hungarian Uprising. His thirteen books of poetry, which include New and Collected Poems (2008), have won the Faber Prize, the Cholmondeley Award, and a number…...read more »

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2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: László Krasznahorkai

May 13, 2015

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László Krasznahorkai was born in 1954. He gained considerable recognition in 1985 when he published Satantango which he later adapted for the cinema in collaboration with the filmmaker Bela Tarr.  In 1993, he received the German Bestenliste Prize for the best literary work…...read more »

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2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature: Coverage at Words without Borders

May 7, 2015

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The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature returns for an eleventh year, this time focusing on the literatures of Africa. Words without Borders will be be covering many of the events here on our Dispatches blog. Check back daily for ongoing coverage of events. …...read more »