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Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

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The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (1990–2015) was a British literary award. It was inaugurated by British newspaper The Independent to honour contemporary fiction in translation in the United Kingdom. The award was first launched in 1990 and ran for five years before falling into abeyance. It was revived in 2001 with the financial support of Arts Council England. Beginning in 2011 the administration of the prize was taken over by BookTrust, but retaining the "Independent" in the name. In 2015, the award was disbanded in a "reconfiguration" in which it was merged with the Man Booker International Prize.[1]

Entries (fiction or short stories) were published in English translation in the UK in the year preceding the award by a living author. The prize acknowledged both the winning novelist and translator, each being awarded £5,000 and a magnum of champagne from drinks sponsor Champagne Taittinger.

Winners, shortlists and longlists

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Blue Ribbon (Blue ribbon) = winner






Ismail Kadare



Amos Oz

Shortlist [4][5][6][7]


1996 to 2000

Prize in abeyance.



Marta Morazzoni





Also longlisted[8]



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Also longlisted[11]


The 2006 prize was announced in May. The jury for the 2006 Prize was composed of: Boyd Tonkin (Literary Editor, The Independent), the writers Paul Bailey, Margaret Busby and Maureen Freely, and Kate Griffin (Arts Council England).


Also longlisted



Also longlisted[15]



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Also longlisted[29]


  1. ^ Sarah Shaffi (7 July 2015). "'Reconfiguration' of Man Booker International Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  2. ^ "The Independent Foreign Fiction Award: Translation: The Grand International". The Independent. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ "The Independent Foreign Fiction Award: A stool, a scaffofd, a belt". 8 May 1993. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ "The Independent Foreign Fiction Award: Every move she makes". The Independent. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  5. ^ "The Independent Foreign Fiction Award: By the sacred river: Japan's leading novelist joins the shortlist". The Independent. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  6. ^ "The Independent Foreign Fiction Award: Red convertibles and". The Independent. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  7. ^ "The Independent Foreign Fiction Award: The echo of an echo".
  8. ^ "A Week in Books: Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist".
  9. ^ "Javier Cercas wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2004". Arts Council England. 19 April 2004. Archived from the original on 15 June 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Foreign Fiction Award Finalists".
  11. ^ "A Week in Books: 2005's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize". The Independent. 28 January 2005. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Shortlist Announced for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2006". Archived from the original on 20 July 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Shortlist announced for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2005". Arts Council England. 4 March 2005. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  14. ^ Boyd Tonkin (9 March 2007). "The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: Introducing the shortlist". The Independent. Archived from the original on 28 March 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  15. ^ "News of the world: Independent Foreign Fiction Prize". The Independent. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  16. ^ Boyd Tonkin (25 January 2008). "Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: Boyd Tonkin presents this year's globe-spanning, mind-expanding long-list". Archived from the original on 14 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  17. ^ Boyd Tonkin (12 March 2010). "Reading all over the world: The long-list for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize spans the globe". The Independent. Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  18. ^ Alison Flood (11 April 2011). "Orhan Pamuk leads shortlist for Independent foreign fiction prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  19. ^ Russell (4 April 2012). "Icelandic novelist and poet shortlisted for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012". Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  20. ^ Boyd Tonkin (9 March 2012). "The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize long-list spans a planet of stories". The Independent. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  21. ^ Staff writer (11 April 2013). "Lust in translation". Book Trust. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  22. ^ "Dutch tale of isolation and infidelity wins the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013". Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  23. ^ Boyd Tonkin (2 March 2013). "Boyd Tonkin: From Syria to Colombia, and Albanian to Afrikaans, enjoy a global feast". The Independent. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  24. ^ Alison Flood (8 April 2014). "Knausgaard heads Independent foreign fiction prize shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  25. ^ a b Boyd Tonkin (23 May 2014). "Iraq's 'Irvine Welsh' wins the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The Iraqi Christ". The Independent. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  26. ^ Boyd Tonkin (7 March 2014). "Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014: Our long-list reveals a fictional eco-system of staggering diversity". The Independent. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  27. ^ "Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 - shortlist announced". BookTrust. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  28. ^ Nick Clark (27 May 2015). "Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015: Jenny Erpenbeck wins with 'work of genius'". The Independent.
  29. ^ "Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 - longlist announced". BookTrust. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
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