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And the Winner Is...

Updated: Oct 21, 2023

Book cover for A Country for Dying, showing a silhouette blurred behind a fluted pane of glass with black metal scrolls. The book cover's background is gray and has lime green and white lettering with title, author and favorable reviews.

Emma Ramadan, for her translation, from French, of Abdellah Taïb's A Country for Dying (Seven Stories Press). Of this Moroccan-French novel, the jury wrote: "Ramadan deftly captures the polyphonic complexity of the original, in its portrayal of two North African sex workers and an Iranian revolutionary: immigrants living in Paris with all their ghosts, loves, and longings. Ramadan renders each character's quest for identity - trans, female, gay, black - with a sympathetic ear...the unsung voices emerging from the French colonial wreckage." Read more about A Country for Dying and all the finalists and longlisted titles, all that the world has brought to enrich American literature in 2021.

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