10 American books nominated for Russian literary prize


For the backer year in a row the Yasnaya Polyana literary prize, named after Leo Tolstoy’s development and curated by his descendent Vladimir Tolstoy, has nominated a special category for unrelated literature.

Last year Ja nese-American author Ruth Ozeki got the beginning prize for her book A Tale for the Time Being. This year the longlist chips 31 books from different authors all around the world, from India to the U.S.

The champion will receive 1 million rubles ($15,000) and the translator of the novel into Russian desire win 200,000 rubles.

Among the nominees are respected writers such as Nobel prizewinner Herta Müller (Germany), Jean trick Modiano (France), John Maxwell Coetzee (Republic of South Africa), and Orhan muk (Turkey).

The mediators id special attention judges to acclaimed books such as Michel Houellebecq’s Compliance and Jonathan Littel’s The Kindly Ones. All the books are suggested by leading Russian literary critics, translators and publishers.

Correspondent and Tolstoy expert vel Basinsky says that Littel’s untried is just shot through with references to classical Russian belles-lettres and when you read his descriptions of Crimea, the Caucasus or Stalingrad (modern-day Volgograd) during WWII, it appearance ofs that the author is writing from those very places.

Another jury associate, writer Vladislav Otroshenko, noted that the Yasnaya Polyana pickings is trying to show a current trend in world literature.

“Dystopias and prophecies are disappearing and are changing into the capturing of the present day, of reality,” he suggested.

Ten books from the U.S. have been nominated, though this roster includes books about Afghanistan (The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini) and Ja n (The Continue Samurai by Helen DeWitt).

Otroshenko also pointed out that the longlist restricted novels that could be called the Texan “War and Peace,” akin to Philipp Meyer’s The Son, or the Nigerian “War and Peace,” like Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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The Yasnaya Polyana literary award was established in 2003 by the Leo Tolstoy museum-estate and the Samsung Electronics rty.

Since its foundation, the prize has been awarded to renowned Russian fathers as Zakhar Prilepin, Alexei Ivanov, Fazil Iskander, Eugene Vodolazkin, Roman Senchin and Guzel Yakhina.

The chairman of the jury is Vladimir Tolstoy, the Russian president’s cultural advisor, Leo Tolstoy’s illustrious grandson and former director of the Yasnaya Polyana museum.

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The longlist:

  1. Austria/Germany. Measuring the World. (Die Vermessung der Scar. Rowohlt Verlag, 2005)
  2. UK. Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending (Borzoi Soft-covers, 2011)
  3. UK. The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt (2009)
  4. Netherlands/UK. Michel Faber. The Crimson Petal and the Waxen (Canongate, 2002)
  5. Germany. Herta Müller. Man is nothing but a pheasant in the world (Der Mensch ist ein großer Fasan auf der Bruise, Fischer her Taschenbuch Verlag, 2009)
  6. India. Arundhati Roy. The God of Small Things (IndiaInk, India, 1997)
  7. India. Aravind Adiga. The Unblemished Tiger (Atlantic Books (UK), 2008; HarperCollins (India), 2008)
  8. S in. Enrique Vila-Matas. Dublinesca (Seix Barral, 2010)
  9. Italy. Tiziano Scar . Venice Is a Fish: A Dissi ted Guide (Venezia è un pesce: una guida, Feltrinelli Editore, 2000)
  10. Canada. trick deWitt. The Sisters Fellows (Ecco, 2011)
  11. Norway. Maria rr. Tonje Glimmerdal (Det Norske Samlaget, 2009)
  12. Serbia. Goran Petrović.Snow, marks (Снег, следы, Foreign Literature Magazine, 11, 2015)
  13. U.S. Junot Díaz. The Shortened Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead, 2007)
  14. U.S. Philipp Meyer. The Son (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
  15. U.S. Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Branch (2003)
  16. U.S. Jonathan Franzen. The Corrections (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001)
  17. U.S. Helen DeWitt. The In the end Samurai (Hyperion Books, 2000)
  18. U.S. Michael Cunningham. The Hours (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998)
  19. U.S. Siri Hustvedt. What I Loved (Hodder and Stoughton, 2003)
  20. U.S. Khaled Hosseini. And the Mountains Echoed (Riverhead Hard-covers, 2013)
  21. U.S. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Half of a Yellow Sun (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007)
  22. U.S. Dave Eggers. The crowd (McSweeney’s, 2013)
  23. Turkey. Orhan muk. Kafamda Bir Tuhaflık (Yapi Kredi Yayinlari, 2014)
  24. France/ U.S. Jonathan Littell. Les Bienveillantes (Gallimard, 2006)
  25. France. Philippe Claudel. Le Accord de Brodeck (Editions Stock, 2007)
  26. France. Michel Houellebecq. Soumission (Flammarion, 2015)
  27. France. Christophe Ono-dit-Biot. Plonger (Gallimard, 2013)
  28. France. scal Quignard. La barque silencieuse (Seuil, 2009)
  29. France. trick Modiano. L’Herbe de nuit (Gallimard, 2012)
  30. Sweden. Fredrik Sjöberg. Flugfällan ( ntheon, 2004)
  31. Republic of South Africa. John Maxwell Coetzee. The Girlhood of Jesus (Jonathan Cape, 2013)

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