NEW YORK (AP) — A Hungarian novel about a writer who lives with his mother and an eclectic, experimental collection of Japanese verse have been named winners of the Best Translated Book Awards for fiction and poetry.
The winners, Attila Bartis' "Tranquility" and Takashi Hiraide's "For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut," were announced Thursday by the Three Percent press at the University of Rochester. The press bases its name on reports that only three percent of books published in the United States are works in translation.
Finalists for the award, which has no cash prize, included Roberto Bolano's "2666," one of last year's most acclaimed novels.
Translators for the winning books were Imre Goldstein for "Tranquility" and Sawako Nakayasu for "Fighting Spirit."
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