German author and Winnie-the-Pooh translator Harry Rowohlt (1945-2015) dies

German author and Winnie-the-Pooh translator Harry Rowohlt (1945-2015) dies

On 15 June 2015 German translator, author and actor Harry Rowohlt died.

Rowohlt established his reputation as a translator with Pu der Bär, his insightful and humorous translation of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Many literary translations would follow. In total he translated over 200 English works into German, among them books by Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Frank McCourt, Robert Crumb, David Sedaris, James Joyce and Leonard Cohen.

Literary translator and sociologist Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı killed in Kobanê

Literary translator and sociologist Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı killed in Kobanê

The Turkish Association of Translators (ÇEVBİR) lost a friend and colleague, Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı, in the resistance movement in Kobanê (Syria).

Ağırnaslı (30) studied sociology at the Bosporus University in Istanbul. In 2011 he received his MA degree with a thesis on the neglect of safety measures in the docks in Tuzla (Istanbul) where many labourers die as a result of job-related accidents.

PEN Mourns Loss of Distinguished Translator and Philanthropist Michael Henry Heim

At the beginning of October, PEN American Center announced that the recently deceased Michael Henry Heim, 69, one of the world’s greatest translators and Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at U.C.L.A, was the ‘anonymous donor’ who created the PEN Translation Fund in 2003, with a gift of $734,000. Over the past nine years, the Fund has awarded over 100 grants to translators to help sustain new work and thereby encourage the publication of more translated works.

Professor István Géher, President of the Hungarian Translators’ Association, passed away

The Hungarian Translators’ Association mourns the death of its president, Professor István Géher. Poet, literary translator, essayist, critic, eminent Shakespeare scholar and Professor Emeritus at the Budapest University of Arts, Professor Géher died on 11 June, at the age of 72. Among others he translated works of Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and William Faulkner.