We’d like to congratulate Jenny Erpenbeck and Susan Bernofsky for winning the 2015 IFFP for The End of Days! We were really delighted to be shortlisted, and feel that being one of six such great books really raised the profile of By Night the Mountain Burns, so thanks IFFP judges!
9th April 2015: We are delighted to announce that the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 jury has chosen Equatorial Guinean writer and activist, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel and his translator, Jethro Soutar for their shortlist of six!
Those of you who have followed the progress of the publication of By Night The Mountain Burns will no doubt be aware that last year was a particularly trying one for Juan Tomás, whose life was once again threatened by Equatorial Guinea’s government after he joined a group of people requesting a sit-in protest against the corruption and abuse within their government (see: Guardian, PEN Atlas and LA Review of Books pieces). He had to leave his beloved country in a hurry and now writes in exile in Barcelona.
Our publication of By Night The Mountain Burns, however, was a thrilling success which garnered enthusiastic praise and support from journalists and booksellers alike, including being chosen as one of 7 Best Translated Books of Year in 2014 by the Financial Times.
And now we have the utmost pleasure in congratulating both Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel and his translator Jethro Soutar on making the #IFFP 2015 longlist.
It was Jethro Soutar who first brought the book to our attention in our 2012 Spanish reading group. In response to the shortlisting he says, “It’s a wonderful book, it was a pleasure to translate and it’s great to see it gaining recognition. A big ‘Congratulations’ to And Other Stories – no other publisher would have backed a book as off the beaten track as this.” We are proud to have published this extraordinary and beautiful book. A big thanks to the book’s subscribers for making its publication possible.
Fingers crossed that the book goes all the way and wins.