Leri Price’s Translation of Khaled Khalifa’s ‘No Knives’ Makes 2017 NTA Shortlist

Arabic Literature (in English)

On Monday, the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) announced the poetry and prose shortlists for the National Translation Award. On the prose list was Leri Price’s translation of Syrian author Khaled Khalifa’s No Knives in the Kitchens of This City:

No Knives advances to the NTA’s five-book shortlist along with titles translated from the Spanish, German, French, and Swedish.

This is the NTA’s nineteenth year, which is the only US “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.” This year’s prose judges are Carol Apollonio, Eric M. B. Becker, and Ottilie Mulzet.

No Knives was one of two Arabic books to make the NTA longlists: Amjad Nasser’s poetry collection A Map of Signs and Scents, trans. Fady Joudah, was on the poetry longlist.

You can read an excerpt of No Knives at the Hoopoe…

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