Samar Yazbek, Translator Leri Price Shortlisted for National Book Award for ‘Planet of Clay’

The judges for the category this year are Stephen Snyder, Jessie Chaffee, Sergio de la Pava, Madhu H. Samar Yazbek, Translator Leri Price Shortlisted for National Book Award for ‘Planet of Clay’

Author Samar Yazbek and translator Leri Price have made the five-book   shortlist of the 2021 National Book Award in the “Translated Literature”   category:

The pair are have made the prize’s 5-book shortlist for the luminous, synesthesiatic   Planet of Clay   (المشاءة). Yazbek’s novel follows a wise-fool character who can’t stop walking and remembering as she makes her way through the devastated and devastating landscape of the Syrian civil war. The rest of the five-book shortlist:

Elisa Shua Dusapin,   Winter in SokchoTranslated from the French by   Aneesa Abbas HigginsOpen Letter

Ge Fei,   Peach Blossom ParadiseTranslated from the Chinese by   Canaan MorseNew York Review Books

Nona Fernández,   The Twilight ZoneTranslated from the Spanish by   Natasha WimmerGraywolf Press

Benjamín Labatut,   When We Cease to Understand the World   Translated from the Spanish by   Adrian Nathan WestNew York Review Books Kaza, and Achy Obejas. Price is on the National Book Award shortlist for a second time; previously, she was shortlisted, in 2019, for her translation of Khaled Khalifa’s   Death is Hard Work. Planet of Clay   joins novels translated from the French, Spanish, and Chinese on the 2021 shortlist.