The world through your letterbox: PEN World Bookshelf

English PEN has just announced more support for independent publishers to publish works in translation, which is great news since the independents are the ones producing the really interesting stuff. Their world bookshelf of contemporary writers in supported by the PEN Translates programme has more than 100 titles already and they want to know which you like best.

You could win five recent titles if you vote. So here are five that have already caught my eye:

Anna Politkovskaya’s Putin’s Russia, translated from the Russian by Arch Tait, is currently topping the voters’ list.

Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City, translated from the Polish by Antonia-Lloyd Jones, is one of four of her translations of global political and ‘literary reportage’ on the list.

Jenny Erpenbeck’s The End of Days, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky, was awarded both the Oxford-Widenfield Translation and the Indpendent Foreign Fiction prizes in the last month.

Johanna Sinisalo’s The Blood of Angels, and Rosa Liksom’s Compartment no. 6, both translated from the Finnish by Lola Rogers, will take you into the future and the past, and give you very different perspectives on their author’s homeland, which just happens to be where I live now. Not biased at all then…

You can only vote for one (per email address!), so get voting.

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