A multi-generational novel set in France and Iran has won a $10,000 prize for best French fiction translated into English.
Négar Djavadi’s (nay-GAHR’ juh-vah-DEE) “Disoriental” received the Albertine Prize, voted upon by readers and presented by the Van Cleef & Arpels and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Manhattan.
At a ceremony Wednesday night at the embassy, honorary prize chair Lydia Davis praised “Disoriented” as a “richly layered” narrative.
Djavadi will receive $8,000 and translator Tina Kover $2,000. “Disoriental” was a National Book Award finalist last fall for best translated literature.
Three translated books for young people also were honoured Wednesday: Benedicte Guettier’s “The Lonely Little Ghost,” Chen Jiang Hong’s “The Tiger Prince” and Anne-Fleur Drillon’s and Eric Puybaret’s “Cloud Chaser.”
The Associated Press