2019 National Translation Award Longlists Announced

It’s longlist time for the National Translation Awards (NTA) given out each year by the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA). Awards are given in two categories: poetry and prose. The NTA is a storied award with a long history – it’s now legally old enough to drink. And it’s certainly an honor to be a semifinalist for a prize judged by one’s translator peers (including at least one who’ll take a look at the original text as well). Each winning translator receives a $2,500 purse.

This year’s judges are Bonnie Huie, Charlotte Mandell, and Jeffrey Zuckerman (prose) and Anna Deeny Morales, Cole Heinowitz, and Sholeh Wolpe (poetry). Shortlists are due out in late September, with the prize itself announced at the ALTA conference in Rochester, NY Nov. 7-10, 2019.

And here are the lists:

The 2019 NTA Longlist in Prose (in alphabetical order by title):

AnniversariesAnniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl
by Uwe Johnson
translated from the German by Damion Searls
(New York Review Books)

Berlin AlexanderplatzBerlin Alexanderplatz
by Alfred Döblin
translated from the German by Michael Hofmann
(New York Review Books)

Brother-in-iceBrother in Ice
by Alicia Kopf
translated from the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem
(And Other Stories)

Collected StoriesCollected Stories
by Bruno Schulz
translated from the Polish by Madeline G. Levine
(Northwestern University Press)

by Roque Larraquy
translated from the Spanish by Heather Cleary
(Coffee House Press)

Houseguest and other StoriesThe Houseguest 
by Amparo Davila
translated from the Spanish by Audrey Harris and Matthew Gleeson
(New Directions)

InBlackAndWhiteIn Black and White
by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
translated from the Japanese by Phyllis I. Lyons
(Columbia University Press)

Lost_timeLost Time
by Józef Czapski
translated from the French by Eric Karpeles
(New York Review Books)

NAKED_WOMANThe Naked Woman
by Armonía Somers
translated from the Spanish by Kit Maude
(The Feminist Press)

Oraefi_The_WastelandÖraefi: The Wasteland
by Ófeigur Sigurdsson
translated from the Icelandic by Lytton Smith
(Deep Vellum Publishing)

Taiga SyndromeThe Taiga Syndrome
by Cristina Rivera Garza
translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana
(Dorothy, a publishing project & And Other Stories, forthcoming)

WhatsLeftOfTheNightWhat’s Left of the Night
by Ersi Sotiropoulos
translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich
(New Vessel Press)


The 2019 NTA Longlist in Poetry (in alphabetical order by title):

9781848613775_CVR.inddArchitecture of Dispersed Life: Selected Poems
by Pablo de Rokha
translated from the Spanish by Urayoán Noel
(Shearsman Books)

castro-cover.inddThe Color of Rivers
by Juana Castro
translated from the Spanish by Ana Valverde Osan

Complete Cold MountainThe Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan
by Hanshan
translated from the Chinese by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt
(Shambhala Publications)

Countersong to Walt WhitmanCountersong to Walt Whitman
by Pedro Mir
translated from the Spanish by Jonathan Cohen and Donald D. Walsh
(Peepal Tree Press)

by Oliverio Girondo
translated from the Spanish by Rachel Galvin and Harris Feinsod
(Open Letter Books)

9781496211859-Perfect.inddThe Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn
by Tanella Boni
translated from the French by Todd Fredeson
(University of Nebraska Press)

Negative SpaceNegative Space
by Luljeta Lleshanaku
translated from the Albanian by Ani Gjika
(New Directions)

PanTadeuszPan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania
by Adam Mickiewicz
translated from the Polish by Bill Johnston
(Archipelago Books)

Popol VuhThe Popul Vuh
by Anonymous
translated from the K’iche’ by Michael Bazzett
(Milkweed Editions)

Robert the DevilRobert the Devil
by Anonymous
translated from the French by Samuel N. Rosenberg
(Penn State University Press)

TNB CoverThrough Naked Branches: Selected Poems of Tarjei Vesaas
by Tarjei Vesaas
translated from the Norwegian by Roger Greenwald
(Black Widow Press)

War SongsWar Songs
by Antarah ibn Shaddad
translated from the Arabic by James E. Montgomery with Richard Sieburth
(Library of Arabic Literature/NYU Press)


Congratulations to all the semifinalists! More information about each of the books, authors, and translators, as well as the ALTA Conference, can be found on the ALTA blog.


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