The Czech Literary Translators’ Guild, represented by a jury consisting of distinguished literary translators and hosted by the Prague Goethe-Institut, awarded its annual prizes of merit to the best translations published last year. The ceremony, commemorating the saint’s day of St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators, celebrated its 21st anniversary and was held on October 4, 2012.

The prestigious Josef Jungmann Prize went to Josef Rauvolf for his translation of Visions of Cody by Jack Kerouac, masterfully rendering Kerouac’s evocative language. Josef Rauvolf, also a journalist, is a brilliant translator of Beat generation’s literary works into Czech.

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