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Two Scribe books longlisted for 2020 National Translation Awards

Frank Wynne’s translation of Among the Lost by Emiliano Monge and Sora Kim Russell’s translation of At Dusk by Hwang Sok-yong have both been longlisted for the 2020 National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose.  The award, which is administered by the American Literary Translators Association, is the United States’ only national award for translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction that includes a rigorous examination of both the source text and its relation to the finished English work.

The winning translators will receive a $2,500 cash prize each. The awards will be announced at ALTA’s annual conference, which this year has gone virtual. The awards ceremony will air on 15 October, 2020 on ALTA’s Crowdcast page: you can register to attend the NTA in Prose event here. The shortlists will be announced at the end of September. For more information please visit the American Literary Translators Association website

Congratulations to Emiliano Monge, Frank Wynne, Hwang Sok-young, Sora Kim-Russell, and all the longlisted authors and translators.

Among the Lost

In the desolate wastelands between the sierra and the jungle, under an all-seeing, unforgiving sun, a single day unfolds as relentlessly as those that have gone before. People are trafficked and brutalised, illegal migrants are cheated of their money, their dreams, their very names, even as countless others scrabble to cross the border, trying to reach a land they call El Paraíso.

In this grim inferno, a fierce love has blossomed — one that was born in pain and cruelty, and one that will live or die on this day. Estela and Epitafio too were trafficked, they grew together in the brutal orphanage, fell…

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At Dusk

In the evening of his life, a wealthy man begins to wonder if he might have missed the point.

Park Minwoo is, by every measure, a success story. Born into poverty in a miserable neighbourhood of Seoul, he has ridden the wave of development in a rapidly modernising society. Now the director of a large architectural firm, his hard work and ambition have brought him triumph and satisfaction. But when his company is investigated for corruption, he’s forced to reconsider his role in the transformation of his country.

At the same time, he receives an unexpected message from an old friend, Cha Soona, a woman…

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