Auður Ava nominated for French literary award

A yet to be published French translation of Rigning í nóvember (November Rain) by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir has been nominated for the Prix du roman Fnac.

The book, which is translated by Catherine Eyjólfsson and published by Zulma, is titled L‘embellie and is due out later this autumn. It's among 30 other books nominated by a jury composed of 800 bookstore employees and members of the public. The award is presented annually by Fnac, France‘s largest chain of bookstores, highlighting the most anticipated books published this autumn in France.

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Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir was born in Reykjavík in 1958. Her first published work of fiction was the novel Upphækkuð jörð (Elevetated Ground) in 1998. Rigning í nóvember (Rain in November) is her second novel. It came out in Iceland in 2004, followed by Afleggjarinn (The Greenhouse) in 2007. Auður Ava has received numerous recognitions for her work, both at home and abroad. Rigning í nóvember (November Rain) won the Tómas Guðmundsson Literature Prize in 2004 and was also nominated for the DV Cultural Prize for Literature. Afleggjarinn (The Greenhouse) received the DV Cultural Prize in 2008, as well as the Icelandic Women's Literature Prize and was nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 2009. The French translation (Rosa candida, published in 2010 by Zulma) received the Canadian Prix des libraires du Québec award, in the category of best foreign novel and the Prix de Page as Best European Novel 2010.