Philippe Claudel and his translator, John Cullen, shared the £10,000 (US$14,522) Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Brodeck’s Report (“Brodeck” is the title of the American edition).
Chair of judges Boyd Tonkin called the novel “as timeless as some legend from Europe’s medieval past, as timely as today’s reports from any far-flung zone,” the Independent reported.

He topped a shortlist that included Julia Franck’s The Blind Side of the Heart ; Pietro Grossi’s Fists; Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass; Sankar’s Chowringhee; and Rafik Schami’s The Dark Side of Love.

If you haven’t read Brodeck yet: the paperback is coming out mid July. HIGHLY recommended by Edith and Jet.