Champagne Taittinger has supported the prestigious Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for 14th years and last night, the 2015 winner of the prize was announced at a special Champagne Taittinger reception at the Royal Institute of British Architects in central London.
The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (published by Portobello) was named the winner of the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize – the only living German to have won the prize in its 25 year history. Her novel is a story of the twentieth-century traced through the various possible lives of one woman, and Erpenbeck shares the £10,000 with her translator, Susan Bernofsky.
The 2015 shortlist also featured Haruki Murakami, Erwin Mortier, fellow German Daniel Kehlmann, Colombian Tomás González and Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel from Equatorial Guinea.
Lynn Murray, Marketing Director for Hatch Mansfield the sole UK agents for Champagne Taittinger comments, ‘We are very proud to be supporting the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for the 14th year.It is a fantastic institution, which celebrates the world’s finest fiction and we are thrilled to be a part of that.’
The judging panel this year comprised Cristina Fuentes La Roche, Director of Hay Festival Americas; Translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones; Senior Lecturer in Translation at the University of Exeter, Dr Richard Mansell; author Helen Oyeyemi and Boyd Tonkin, Senior Writer and Columnist at The Independent.
The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is awarded annually to the best work of contemporary fiction in translation. The 2015 Prize celebrates an exceptional work of fiction by a living author, which has been translated into English from any other language and published in the United Kingdom in 2014. Uniquely, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize acknowledges both the writer and the translator equally – each receives £5,000 – recognising the importance of the translator in their ability to bridge the gap between languages and cultures. The Prize is funded by Arts Council England, managed by Booktrust and supported by The Independent and Champagne Taittinger. www.booktrust.org.uk/iffp
Jenny Erpenbeck and Susan Bernofsky will be appearing in conversation with Boyd Tonkin, judge and Senior Writer and Columnist, The Independent, at the Hay Festival on 28 May at 7pm.