2007 Winner

2007

Translated by

Anne Born

Nominated by Oslo Public Library (Deichman), Aleph – Stavanger Bibliotek
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Judges

Almeida Faria

Almeida Faria

Almelda Faria was born in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal in 1943. A fiction writer playwright and essayist, he currently lectures in Aesthetics at the New University of Lisbon. The recipient of many prizes, he published his first novel Rumor Branco (White Noise) in 1962 at the age of 19. His other novels include A Paixão (The Passion, 1965), the first part of a trilogy set. His O Conquistador (The Conqueror, 1990) is an ironic and erotic parody which “weaves a devilish black comedy of subtle double entendres on philosophical, linguistic and ideological levels”. His books are translated into many languages, including Spanish, Franch, Italian, Dutch, German, Greek, Danish, Swedish, Hungarian and Bulgarian.

Carmen Callil

Carmen Callil

Carmen Callil was born in Melbourne in 1938 and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BA Arts degree in History and Literature. A Doctor of Letters from Sheffield, York, Oxford Brookes and The Open University, Carmen has lived in London since 1960. She has pursued a wide-ranging career since founding the Virago Press in 1972. Now a critic and writer, Carmen Callil’s work includes: The Modern Library: The Best 200 Novels in English since 1950, written with Colm Toibin and published by Picador in April 1999; a biographical account of her family in New Writing 5, edited for the British Council by Christopher Hope and Peter Porter and Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family & Fatherland, a book about Vichy France and Louis Darquier, Commissioner for Jewish Affairs in Pétain’s government.

Gerald Dawe

Gerald Dawe

Belfast born poet Gerald Dawe has published six collections of poetry, including, most recently, The Morning Train and Lake Geneva. He is a fellow of Trinity College, Dublin where he is Lecturer in English and director of the graduate writing programme. He has edited several anthologies of Irish poetry and criticism as well as publishing volumes of his own literary essays. He lives in Dun Laoghaire.

Hanan Al-Shaykh

Hanan Al-Shaykh

Hanan al-Shaykh was born in Lebanon and grew up in Beirut. Her most recent novel, Only in London, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Hanan was educated in Cairo and wrote her first novel there when she was nineteen before returning to Beirut to work as a journalist for Al-Nahar newspaper Al Hasna Magazine. Hanan writes in Arabic and her work has been translated into 21 languages. She has also written a collection of short stories, I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops; and two plays, Dark Afternoon Tea and Paper Husband which have been performed at the Hampstead Theatre. Her latest work is a story about the life of her mother, Hikayati. Since 1984 she has lived in London with her family.

Lilian Faschinger

Lilian Faschinger

Lilian Faschinger was born in Carinthia, Austria in 1950. She studied English and History at Karl Franzens University, Graz, where she earned a Ph. D. in English also working there as a college lecturer. She has worked as a literary translator and freelance writer, receiving numerous awards for both her fiction and her translations. Since 1998, she has held several writer-in-residence positions at American colleges and universities, including Dartmouth College and Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, she is writer-in-residence at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
In addition to several plays, Lilian Faschinger has published two volumes of poetry, two collections of short stories and five novels. Her most successful novel to date, Magdalena the Sinner has been translated into 16 languages

SHORTLIST LIBRARIES

Norway
Sølvberget Library and Culture Centre is the main library in Stavanger and a hub for cultural activities in the Rogaland Region. Its central location and..
United Kingdom
Belfast Central Library is a public library in Royal Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Norway
Bergen Public Library is Norway’s second largest public library. The current institution was established in 1872, but builds on much older library traditions in the..
Colombia
The Luis Ángel Arango Library, located in La Candelaria, in the historic center of Bogotá, is the most important public library in the country and..
USA
The Cleveland Public Library is a public library system in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1869, it had a circulation of 3.5 million items in 2020.
Ireland
Cork City Libraries is a service of Cork City Council. Cork City Libraries provides a range of library and information services to the people of..
Ireland
Dublin City Council’s mission is to “provide quality services for its citizens and visitors and act to protect and promote Dublin’s distinct identity in a..
USA
The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community..
Canada
Halifax Public Libraries (HPL) is a Canadian public library system serving residents of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is the largest public library system in Nova..
USA
The Jacksonville Public Library is a large library system, consisting of a 300,000 sq. ft. Main Library and twenty regional, community and neighborhood branch libraries.
USA
The new library made its grand opening to the public on February 21, 1977 with a collection of over 250,000 volumes. The building was noted..
United Kingdom
See the famous collections of rare books housed in the magnificent Hornby Library and Oak Room. View the impressive Picton Reading Room, one of the..
USA
We are the oldest State Library in the United States, dating our founding to 1717.
USA
“The New York Public Library has provided essential access to books and information for more than a century. Today, we are building on that legacy..
Canada
Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries (NLPL) has been an integral part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador since it’s inception in 1935.
Belgium
‘De Krook’ opened the 10th of March 2017. The complex contains the library of Gent but also offices and laboratories of the university of Gent..
Norway
Deichman consists of 22 local libraries located all over Oslo. Deichman was founded in 1785 and is Norway’s oldest and largest public library. Oslo’s new..
USA
The mission of the Richmond Public Library is to inform, enrich, and empower Richmond’s residents: to enrich lives and expand opportunities for all citizens by..
Russia
The library was founded by Margarita Ivanovna Rudomino in 1921. It is a unique world famous cultural instituion. Library collection holds 4.5 million volumes in..
USA
The City of San Diego Public Library serves the informational, educational and recreational interests of San Diego through 35 branches, Central Library, the READ/San Diego..
Germany
Frankfurt am Main is situated in the middle of Europe. A lot of newcomers from all over the world come to live here every year…
Australia
Founded in 1896, State Library of Queensland is the leading reference and research library in Queensland. State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving a..
Finland
Tampere City Library offers spaces and collections for information, education and refreshment. At the library you can read and borrow, visit events, meet friends or..
Greece
The Central Public Library of Veria provides services for education, information and entertainment which contribute to the improvement of the quality of living. We develop..
Germany
With a total of over 3.5 million individual media and currently 1.5 million visitors a year, the Berlin Central and Regional Library (ZLB) is Germany’s..

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