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Caesarion shortlisted for IMPAC

In Awards on April 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Wieringa shortlisted for IMPAC
Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa is one of the ten books contending for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013. Thanks to his shortlisted novel, Wieringa finds himself in the company of Michel Houellebecq (The Map and the Territory) and Haruki Murakami (1Q84).

The Impac Award is unusual because both novels written in English as well as novels translated into English are allowed to compete. The prize of €100,000, awarded annually, is divided between translator (€25,000) and author (€75,000) if a translation wins. The international jury, chaired by Eugene R. Sullivan, will announce the winner on Thursday 6th June.

About Caesarion
Ludwig Unter’s life held such promise. His parents were artists and, from an early age, his own musical genius had marked him out for a stellar career in the world’s concert halls. In his mother’s imagination, Ludwig is already on the way to surpassing her most ambitious dreams for him. But in reality, and for now, he’s playing in local cocktail bars and the two of them are living alone in a storm-lashed clifftop cottage in East Anglia. As the forceful winter seas bash away at the coastline, and Ludwig plunks away at the piano, he begins to tell a woman his story: a story of beauty and decay, of a child’s faith and parental betrayal, and of the importance, in the end, of self-sacrifice.

Caesarion was translated by Sam Garrett and published by Portobello (UK) and Grove (USA, under the title Little Caesar).

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