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2008 Winners

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2008 II  Edition Winners

Best Foreign Fiction


Arturo Pérez-ReverteThe Painter of Battles (Marco Tropea Editore)

Arturo Pérez-Reverte was born in Spain in 1951. He worked as war reporter for 21 years. His first novel, El húsar, set in the Napoleonic Wars, was released in 1986 to wide acclaim. His subsequent novels, The Fencing MasterThe Flanders PanelThe Club DumasCapitain Alatristeetc. were translated in over 29 languages. In his latest novel, The Painter of Battles, which is inspired by the author’s war-time experiences in Bosnia, a retired war photographer confronts his past. Pérez-Reverte has been a member of the Real Academia Española since 2003.

Best Translation


Silvia Bortoli

Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks (Mondadori)



Peter CameronOne Days This Pain Will Be Useful to You (Adelphi)

Peter Cameron is an American novelist and writer, who lives in New York. His first book, One Way or Another was published by Harper & Row in 1986. His second novel, The Weekend, was published in 1994 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, followed by Andorra andThe City of Your Final Destination. His latest novel, One Day This Pain Will Be Useful to You, was published by Adelphi (Italy) in May 2007. A collection of his short stories published in the New Yorker became a book. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and several of his novels were adapted for the screen.


José Pablo FeinmannHeidegger's Shadow (Neri Pozza)

José Pablo Feinmann was born in Buenos Aires in 1943. A professor of philosophy, he is the author of numerous essays and novels, as well as plays and scripts, and is considered one of Argentina’s best contemporary authors. His latest novel Heidegger’s Shadow was received with wide acclaim both by the critics and by the public.


Gary ShteyngartAbsurdistan (Guanda)

Gary Shteyngart was born in 1972 in St. Petersburg, and emigrated to the United States in 1979. His debut novel The Russian Debutante’s Handbook had an enormous successon release and won numerous prizes. It was followed by Absurdistan, which was named among the 10 Best Books of 2006 by many critics. He has been described as one of the most talented and amusing writers of his generation


Charles Lewinsky, Melnitz (Einaudi)

Charles Lewinsky was born in 1946 and lives between Zurich and France. He worked as a stage director. His novel Johannistag was awarded the Schiller Prize for literature. Among his latest works is the script for the film Just an Ordinary Jew, a musical review about Jewish emigrants in wartime New York. His great novel Melnitz ( La fortuna dei Maijer) is a 912-page saga that keeps the attention of the reader from the first page to the last.