Charco Press author shortlisted for German prize

News - International Thursday, 09 May 2019

Die, My Love up for €35,000 Internationaler Literaturpreis; follows Man Booker International longlisting last year

Ariana Harwicz, Argentine author of Die, My Love (Charco Press 2017) and Feebleminded (Charco Press, May 2018), has been shortlisted for the Internationaler Literaturpreis alongside five other titles. This prize is awarded annually by HKW (Haus der Kulturen der Welt) and Stiftung Elementarteilchen to the first German translation of 'an extraordinary work of contemporary international literature.'

Last year Die, My Love was long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize, when Hari Kunzru said: "We are used to female narrators who occupy one of several familiar niches. … Harwicz takes us somewhere more profound and forces us to confront the thought that these easy fictional 'explanations' are specious. Lurking inside all of us is the potential for horror."

Harwicz, who has been compared to Nathalie Sarraute, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, is one of the most radical figures in contemporary Argentinian literature and considered to be at the forefront of the so-called new Argentinian fiction, together with other female writers such as Selva Almada, Samanta Schweblin, Mariana Enríquez and Gabriela Cabezón Cámara.

Harwicz (pictured) said: "It’s an honour and a great joy that my first novel, written while hiding in the countryside, a book from the margins, gets to have different versions in other languages and share a shortlist with literature from all over the world. It will never cease to amaze me that something as criminal as the act of writing, arrives at the hands of such important, civilised people."

Samuel McDowell, co-founder and director of Charco Press, said: "We are thrilled that Ariana Harwicz has been further recognised in this fashion. She is a feisty writer who defies the normal conventions in such style. That she is further taking the world by storm is absolutely right."

The winning author–translator duo of the Internationaler Literaturpreis 2019 will be announced by the seven-person jury at the awards ceremony on June 18 at the HKW in Berlin when the award of €35,000 prize (€20,000 for the author and €15,000 for the translator) will be given.

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