I am slow off the mark compared with Norman over at Crime Scraps, but several crime novels are included on the long-list for this year's INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE. I was alerted to this news by email by Simon Clarke, Amazon reviewer supreme, and by Francois von Hurter of Bitter Lemon Press.
The full long-list is available at the Independent link above. Of these, the "crime" novels are:
Claudia Piñeiro Thursday Night Widows (Miranda France; Spanish) Bitter Lemon Press
Boris Akunin The Coronation (translated by Andrew Bromfield from the Russian) Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Philippe Claudel Brodeck's Report (John Cullen; French) MacLehose Press
Rafik Schami The Dark Side of Love (Anthea Bell; German) Arabia Books
Julia Franck The Blind Side of the Heart (Anthea Bell; German) Harvill Secker.
From the Independent article, by Boyd Tonkin:
And, as a properly global shop-window for the range and depth of fiction in translation available in Britain, the long-list of 15 books that we have selected strikes this judge – at least – as a mixture as robust, alluring and diverse as ever. From Berlin (Julia Franck) and Calcutta (Sankar) to Buenos Aires (Claudia Piñeiro) and Baghdad (Hassan Blasim), and from a Russian historical mystery (Boris Akunin) and a Congolese low-life comedy (Alain Mabanckou) to a French wartime blockbuster (Jonathan Littell) and an Italian trio of coming-of-age novellas (Pietro Grossi), our choice accesses all areas of world fiction in form as well as theme and place.
I can highly recommend Thursday Night Widows: I reviewed it at Petrona and Karen Meek reviews it in glowing terms at Euro Crime. It's one of those deceptively light, charming and witty books which has a serious, but subtly presented, underlying message.