2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature Longlist Announced

September 17, 2019

The covers to Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, When Death Takes Something from You, and the Memory Police

Today the New Yorker announced the longlist for the National Book Award for Translated Literature. With such a wealth of talent on display, we don’t envy the judges’ task. To aid you, the reader, in appreciating the range of that talent, we’ve rounded up some of our recent coverage of the authors and translators who made the list. Congrats to all!


Naja Marie Aidt

When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back: Carl’s Book

Translated by Denise Newman

Coffee House Press

  • Recent interview with Aidt on When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back
  • An essay co-authored by Newman on poets and visual artists who use language in ways that blur the line between disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the environment.
  • ​​​​​Forthcoming feature review of When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back in our Fall 2019 issue


László Krasznahorkai

Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming

Translated by Ottilie Mulzet

New Directions



Scholastique Mukasonga

The Barefoot Woman

Translated by Jordan Stump

Archipelago Books



Yoko Ogawa

The Memory Police

Translated by Stephen Snyder

Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House





Pajtim Statovci


Translated by David Hackston

Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House

  • Featured in the forthcoming Fall 2019 issue’s Lit Trends.




Olga Tokarczuk

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House




Eliane Brum

The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections

Translated by Diane Grosklaus Whitty

Graywolf Press





Nona Fernández

Space Invaders

Translated by Natasha Wimmer

Graywolf Press





Vigdis Hjorth

Will and Testament

Translated by Charlotte Barslund

Verso Fiction / Verso Books






Khaled Khalifa

Death Is Hard Work

Translated by Leri Price

Farrar, Straus & Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

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