Tommy Wieringa’s Questi sono nomi (These are the names, translated by Claudia Di Palermo and Claudia Cozzi for Iperborea) and Stefan Hertmans’s Guerra e trementina (Oorlog en terpentijn, translated by Laura Pignatti, for Marsilio) feature both on the Premio Strega Europeo shortlist.
Both Wieringa and Hertmans won national prizes with their novels, which is one of the criteria for the Premio Strega Europeo.
The winner - picked by a jury of 400 literature critics - will be announced on the 30th of June at the Letterature Festival Internazionale in Rome. En la orilla (Sulla Sponda) by Rafael Chirbes and Verre cassé (Pezzi di vetro, Broken Glass) by Alain Mabanckou are the other two nominated novels.
Tommy Wieringa’s novel is also nominated for the Premio Gregor von Rezorri. The winner of this award will be announced at the Festival degli Scrittori in Florence.