September 14, 2023
Khalifa’s “No one prayed over their graves” is on the longlist of the National Book Award!

Khalifa’s “No one prayed over their graves” is on the longlist of the National Book Award!

The National Book Award, New York, announced its longlist. The shortlist will be revealed on October 3rd, and the winner announced on November 15.

Khaled Khalifa’s “No one prayed over their graves”, translated by Leri Price, published by FSG in the USA is amongst the longlisted. Khalifa’s previous novel “Death is hard work” was shortlisted to the National Book Award in 2019.

Publishers submitted a total of 154 books for the 2023 National Book Award for Translated Literature.

The judges for Translated Literature are Geoffrey Brock, Arthur Malcolm Dixon, Cristina Rodriguez, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, and Jeremy Tiang (Chair). Judges’ decisions are made independently of the National Book Foundation staff and Board of Directors, and deliberations are strictly confidential. Winners in all categories will be announced live at the National Book Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 15.


* Juan Cárdenas, The Devil of the Provinces
Translated from the Spanish by Lizzie Davis
Coffee House Press

* Bora Chung, Cursed Bunny
Translated from the Korean by Anton Hur
Algonquin Books / Hachette Book Group

* David Diop, Beyond the Door of No Return
Translated from the French by Sam Taylor
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

* Jenny Erpenbeck, Kairos
Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann
New Directions Publishing

* Stênio Gardel, The Words That Remain
Translated from the Portuguese by Bruna Dantas Lobato
New Vessel Press

* Khaled Khalifa, No One Prayed Over Their Graves
Translated from the Arabic by Leri Price
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

* Fernanda Melchor, This Is Not Miami
Translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes
New Directions Publishing

* Pilar Quintana, Abyss
Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman
World Editions

* Astrid Roemer, On a Woman’s Madness
Translated from the Dutch by Lucy Scott
Two Lines Press

* Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, The Most Secret Memory of Men
Translated from the French by Lara Vergnaud
Other Press