A daring novel depicting a family's last moments on 11 September is one of six books shortlisted for the 2005 Independent Foreign Fiction prize.
Beigbeder's novel evokes the World Trace Center attacks
Frederic Beigbeder's Windows on the World was chosen from 80 entries competing for the leading award for foreign novels translated into English.
Other contenders include Chico Buarque's third novel Budapest and Xiaolu Guo's Village of Stone.
The £10,000 prize will be split equally between the author and the translator.
International Russian bestseller Irina Denezhkina has been shortlisted for her collection of 11 short stories, Give Me (Songs For Lovers), which look at teenage sex, drugs and violence amongst Russia's young generation.
One of Turkey's most successful authors, Orhan Pumak, is another of the six contenders for his tale Snow which is set in a remote and troubled city on the Turkish border.
Elif Shafak's The Flea Palace, also translated from Turkish, completes the shortlist.
Judges include Independent literary editor Boyd Tonkin and writers Julian Evans and Michele Roberts.
The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is held in collaboration with the Arts Council England. The prize will be awarded at a ceremony in April.