The NTA Countdown to ALTA43: Welcome to America

The NTA Countdown to ALTA43: Welcome to America

Join us as we count down to the ALTA43: In Between awards ceremony with the National Translation Award in Poetry and Prose longlisted titles! We will be featuring the titles in alphabetical order alongside blurbs penned by our judges for the National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose. This year’s judges for prose are Amaia Gabantxo, Emmanuel D. Harris II, and William Maynard Hutchins. This year’s judges for poetry are Ilya Kaminsky, Lisa Katz, and Farid Matuk.

The awards ceremony will air on October 15, 2020 on ALTA’s Crowdcast page: you can register to attend the NTA in Prose announcement here, and the NTA in Poetry announcement here. Find the full list of longlisted titles here.

Today we’re shining the spotlight on NTA in Prose longlisted title Welcome to America:

Welcome to America
by Linda Boström Knausgård
translated from Swedish by Martin Aitken
(World Editions)

It’s a long time already since I stopped talking. They’re used to it now. My mum, my brother. My dad’s dead, so I don’t know what he’d . . . say . . .

A difficult subject—a troubled girl and her small, shaky domestic world—is narrated so effectively and convincingly by the author and the translator that the book is a joy to read. What more can you ask for?