‘The Accordionist´s Son’ short-listed for best translation in Japan

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.


The Japanese version of Bernardo Atxaga’s novel Soinujolearen semea (The Accordionist´s Son), translated from the Basque by Nami Kaneko and supported by the Etxepare Basque Institute, is among the five finalists for Japan’s Best Translation Award. Published by Shinchosa in 2020, the Japanese translation of the Atxaga novel is being acclaimed by readers and critics alike, and has received positive reviews in newspapers and magazines, as well as five-star ratings in Japanese in bookshops.

In 2016, Nami Kaneko won this prestigious award for her translation of Kirmen Uribe´s novel Mussche. The jury will announce this year’s award on 18 May. The initial candidates for this year’s edition included eighteen books, thirteen of which received the highest number of votes from readers, plus another five recommended by a jury of five translators. These were the finalists:

Soinujolearen semea, written by Bernardo Atxaga, translated by Nami Kaneko

An Inventory of Losses, written by Judith Schalansky, translated by Naoko Hosoi

Born in 1984, written by Hao Jingfang, translated by Chuo Koron

Friday Black, written by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenya, translated by Motoko Oshino

Murderbot Diaries, written by Martha Wells, translated by Naoya Nakahara

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