Friday, March 13, 2009

Bolaño Wins 2008 NBCC Award for Fiction

In a decision not altogether surprising, Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 has been awarded the 2008 National Book Critic Circle Award for Fiction. It's nice to see a work in translation win this prestigious award, but, as I posted about yesterday, it's interesting to consider that this may be an incomplete work.

At Three Percent, Chad Post reminds us that the last translation to win a NBCC award was Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices from Chernobyl, which won the nonfiction award in 2005. You can check out all the 2008 finalists in all the categories here.

Other 2008 winners include:
  • Excellence in Reviewing - Ron Charles
  • Criticism - Children's Literature: A Reader's History: Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter by Seth Lerer
  • Nonfiction - The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
  • Poetry (2 winners) - Sleeping It Off in Rapid City by August Kleinzahler and Half the World in Light by Juan Felipe Herrera
  • Biography - The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul by Patrick French
  • Autobiography - My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq by Ariel Sabar

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