This week, nominations for the Prix Jean-Monnet de Littératures Européennes were announced. Gyrðir Elíasson‘s short story collection Between the Trees (orig.Milli trjánna), translated by Robert Guillmette and published by Books Éditions in April, is one of the ten listed works.
French works and foreign works in translation are equally eligible for the prize, and the other nominees include Judith Herman, Julian Barnes and Patrick Chamoiseau. The prize will be awarded at a European literature festival in Cognac in mid-November. The prize was established in 1995, with former recipients including Hans Magnus Enzenberger, J. G. Ballard and Jorgé Semprún.
Between the Trees, now published in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and France to enthusiastic reviews, has previously earned Gyrðir the 2011 Nordic Council Prize for Literature. His novels Walking Squirrel and Book of Sandá River have also recently been published in German.
More information on the Jean Monnet prize can be found here.