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 Official and shadow shortlists

 

The official shortlist for the IFFP has been announced! Once again, the official choice does justify the existence of a Shadow Panel, according to my opinion. Let me know what you think. 

Official Shortlist

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By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomas Avila Laurel, translated from the Spanish by Jethro Soutar
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel
The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky
In the Beginning was the Sea by Tomas Gonzalez, translated from the Spanish by Frank Wynne – not reviewed
F by Daniel Kuhlmann, translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway  – not reviewed yet
While the Gods were Sleeping by Erwin Mortier, translated from the Dutch by Paul Vincent – not reviewed yet

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According to my personal opinion, only Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and The End of Days were worthy of the shortlist.

I agree much more with our Shadow Panel shortlist, which actually does have the 4 books I really wanted to see shortlisted.

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Shadow Panel shortlist

 

Bloodlines by Marcello Fois, translated from the Italian by Silvester Mazzarella – upcoming review

Zone by Mathias Enard, translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell  – upcoming review
= this book was actually not on the official longlist, but the Shadow Panelists thought it should really have been!

The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov, translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel
The Ravens by Tomas Bannerhed, translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death – upcoming review. My favorite!
The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

The two books common to both lists were also on my personal shortlist.

If you want to read more reviews by the members of the Shadow Panel, please come this way

Have you read these books?
Which titles do you think are really worthy of the shortlist?

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