St. Petersburg Votes for Its Favorite Foreign Writers

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

St. PetersburgBy Edward Nawotka

In January 2009, the city of St. Petersburg launched a year-long project, “Reading St. Petersburg 2009: Choose the Best Foreign Writer,” with the intention of generating more interest in overseas writers. The project, which was supported by a year-long series of events, is now in its final stage and the public has been invited to vote for the “Best Foreign Writer,” both translated and untranslated, via an online poll.

You can check out the poll here (via Google Translate), which offers two nominees in each category as provided by various national consulates or libraries in the city.

The United States, for example, puts Michael Chabon against Toni Morrison in the “translated” category, while Jhumpa Lahiri faces off with Junot Diaz in the “untranslated” category.

As of the beginning of December, the overall top vote getters were as follows:


  1. Edgar Keret (Israel)
  2. Peter Høeg (Denmark)
  3. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (France)
  4. Arturo Perez-Reverte (Spain)
  5. Alessandro Baricco (Italy)


  1. Eshkol Nevo (Israel)
  2. Amir Gotfreund (Israel)
  3. Roberto Saviano (Italy)
  4. Eleonora Hummel (Germany)
  5. Hannu Väisänen (Finland)
About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.