Fiston Mujila’s debut Tram 83 which recently won the Etisalat Prize is on the Best Translated Book Award (BTBA) long-list of 25 books announced this week! Several of the books long-listed like Mujila’s Tram 83, José Eduardo Agualusa’s A General Theory of Oblivion, Elena Ferannte’s The Story of the Lost Child and Yan Lianke’s The Four Books, are also on the Man Booker International Prize 2016 Long-list. Its really been an interesting year if i do say so!

The BTBA is an American literary award that recognizes the previous year’s best original translation into English in two categories – Fiction and poetry. It was inaugurated in 2008 and is conferred by Three Percent, the online literary magazine of Open Letter Books, which is the book translation press of the University of Rochester.

The award takes into consideration not only the quality of the translation but the entire package: the work of the original writer, translator, editor, and publisher. The award is “an opportunity to honor and celebrate the translators, editors, publishers, and other literary supporters who help make literature from other cultures available to American readers.

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