Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke, has been awarded the Ictineu prize for the category of best fantasy novel translated into Catalan.
The Ictineu prizes started in 2009, and are organized by the Catalan Society of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and have different categories, including best novel written in Catalan, best short stories' anthology and best cover design. They are awarded annually to works published in the previous year, whether they are originals in Catalan or translations into Catalan.
This novel, which is set in a dreamlike alternative reality, generates an ambience of mystery and adventure. As Piranesi familiarises himself with his very own home, with its labyrinth of halls and crashing ocean waves, he begins to unravel a terrible truth that exposes him to a world far beyond the one to which he has grown accustomed.
Piranesi was published in September 2021 and has since been translated into 31 languages and has been nominated, shortlisted and awarded numerous accolades, including the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021. It has also been highly praised by reviewers who have marked it as "weird and haunting and excellent" and proclaimed that it "remind(s) us of fiction’s power to take us to another world".
The awards took place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May.