Revisiting Three Percent’s Why This Book Should Win Series

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Tomorrow morning we find out which ten books make up the 2014 Best Translated Book Award short list!

Over the past few weeks Three Percent has been running their annual Why This Book Should Win series.  Since you can’t easily filter and/or group their articles together by category, we thought it would be swell if we provided handy-dandy hyperlinks to each article for your last-minute reading pleasure. You know, just in case you accidentally missed any. Because you have been reading along every single day, right?

Jump in, hit some links, absorb the compelling awesomeness of each of the arguments, and we’ll meet back here tomorrow after the official short list announcement to commiserate over our favorite books that inexplicably didn’t make the final cut.

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If I Were A Best Translated Book Award Judge The Winner Would Be…

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Oh boy.  Here we go.

I’ve written these kinds of If I Were A ___(Man Booker)___(Scotia Bank Giller)___ Judge posts in past, but always after having read each award’s entire 12-14 book longlist. Having 25 titles appear on the Best Translated Book Award’s longlist is in some ways both a blessing and curse.  It provides much needed exposure for some truly great literary works that might otherwise go unnoticed, but on the flip side it doesn’t exactly provide a ton of time for interested parties to get all these wonderful pieces read so that they can actively participate in the discussion about which are the “best” while the award process is actually occurring.

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Giveaway!: Predicting the Best Translated Book Award Shortlist

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ABOUT: The 2014 Best Translated Book Award shortlist will be announced on Tuesday, April 15 and we want to know which 10 books YOU think will be on it.

The person who predicts the highest number of correct books that appear on the list will be crowned our winner and will receive one free translation from 2013 of their choice, in any available format, courtesy of us.  In addition they’ll also earn super translation nerd bragging rights. That part should go without saying really. Read on for all the specifics.

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The Best Translated Book Award 2014 Longlist

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Some people love the month of March for the college basketball craziness, others love it for the Tournament of Books.  Me?  I’m pumped up at this time of year for the Best Translated Book Award.  25 works of international literature in English translation that have been deemed the best of the bunch from the previous year in publishing.

I used to think 25 titles was too many.  Now I know that it’s not enough.

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The Creator by Gudrun Eva Minervudottir

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Can this world really be as sad as it seems?

In the opening moments of The Creator a divorced mother of two named Lóa steers her car towards what she believes to be a service garage after it suffers a flat tire.  Much to her dismay however, she quickly discovers that the location has changed hands.  When a solitary man named Sveinn emerges from the building and offers her his assistance their chance meeting sets in motion a chain of events that neither could have ever hoped to foresee.

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