This extract from the novel "The Dig" by Cynan Jones is presented as part of the UK-Russia Year of language and Literature 2016's New writing from the UK: a competition for Russian translators of English.
The translation is made by Yana Kalinina (Saint Petersburg).
Cynan Jones "The Dig" (2014)
Awards: The Dig was nominated for Fiction Uncovered, 2014; Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, 2015; Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award (for a chapter); Betty Trask Award for first novel, The Long Dry.
Cynan Jones was born in Wales in 1975. His first novel, The Long Dry, was published in 2006 and won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors. It saw the author selected as the Hay Festival Scritture Giovani 2008, and has since been translated into Italian, Arabic and French. Subsequent publications include Everything I Found on the Beach (Parthian, 2011) and Bird, Blood, Snow, part of Seren's New Stories from the Mabinogion - a re-telling of the Welsh Peredur myth.
In 2013 Cynan was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel, The Dig, was published by Granta in early 2014 and will be translated into Turkish, Spanish, French and German. In June 2014, The Dig won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.
Deep in rural Wales, a farmer is struggling through lambing season when he becomes aware that his land is being stalked by a badger-baiter who brings with him the stark threat of violence. Built of the interlocking fates of these two solitary men, this is a searing story of isolation and loss, from a writer of uncommon gifts.