It’s time for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, and this year’s longlist is especially intriguing:
- Somebody Loves You by Mona Arshi (And Other Stories)
- Five Days Untold by Badr Ahmad, tr. Christiann James (Dar Arab)
- Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga, tr. Melanie Mauthner (Daunt Books)
- The Beast They Turned Away by Ryan Denns (Epoque Press)
- Dark Neighbourhood by Vanessa Onwuemezi (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- The Song of Youth by Montserrat Roig, tr. Tiago Miller (Fum D’Estampa Press)
- After the Sun by Jonas Eika, tr. Sherilyn Nicolette Hellberg (Lolli Editions)
- Sterling Karat Gold by Isabel Waidner (Peninsula Press)
- In the Dark by Anamaria Crowe Serrano (Turas Press)
- Happy Stories, Mostly by Norman Erikson Pasaribu, tr. Tiffany Tsao (Tilted Axis Press)
This is a list that really shows the breadth of the Republic of Consciousness Prize: four of the ten titles are short story collections; half of the longlist is in translation. I’m also pleased to see that, even though I think I’m pretty clued up on small publishers, there are still two here which are completely new to me (Dar Arab and Turas). There is always something more to discover.
Sterling Karat Gold is the only nominee I’ve reviewed to date. I was expecting it to be longlisted, and it would be a worthy winner… But I’m excited to see what the rest of the list is like.
I’m planning to take a more relaxed approach to reading along with the Prize this year – in the past, I’ve tried getting through entire longlists before the shortlist announcement, and doing that hardly ever makes it more enjoyable. I am also trying this year to be more selective about the books I review on here, so I won’t necessarily review the whole longlist even if I manage to read all of it. That way, I hope I can get the most out of the experience (and give you some interesting posts to read!).
Congratulations to all the longlisted publishers, authors and translators! Now, let’s get reading…