EBRD Literature Prize Winner 2019
A Celebration of International Fiction
We read more and more translated fiction, thanks in part to prizes such as the EBRD Literature Prize, one of the few international literature prizes to recognise both author and translator in equal measure. This year’s prize has been awarded to The Devils’ Dance, a novel by Hamid Ismailov and translated from Uzbek by Donald Rayfield (with John Farndon). Commenting on the win Rosie Goldsmith, Chair of the judging panel, said ‘With its spies, police, princes, poets and great plot, this is an Uzbek Game of Thrones. The storytelling style captures perfectly the prose and poetry of Central Asia while being incredibly readable in English. A novel within a novel narrated by a great novelist with an equally great translation.’
We are privileged and excited to be hosting Hamid Ismailov and to hear about The Devils’ Dance which is the first novel ever to be translated from Uzbek to English.