The Bulgarian literary translator Eva Kaneva is the recipient of NORLA’s 2015 Translator’s Award for her translations from Norwegian into Bulgarian. The announcement was made on 1 October, just after International Translation Day and the feast of St Jerome. The award, now in its tenth year, is given annually to a translator of Norwegian literature and was established to raise awareness of the contribution made by foreign translators. […]
On 7 July, we awoke to the breaking news that the UK’s leading international literary awards – the Man Booker International Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize – are to be merged into a single, annual prize that will reward both authors and translators of foreign-language fiction. Since 2012, several Dutch organizations concerned with literature and literary translation have been carrying out a similar initiative in the Netherlands, where the European Literature Prize (Europese Literatuurprijs) rewards a novel written in a language used in one of the member states of the Council of Europe as well as its Dutch translation. These are only two examples, but there are probably more in other European countries. […]
The Booker Prize Foundation has announced that from 2016 the Man Booker International Prize will evolve, to encourage more publishing and reading of quality fiction in translation. From next year the prize, which will join forces with the current Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, will be awarded annually on the basis of a single book translated into English and published in the UK rather than every two years for a body of work, as has been the case until now. The move is designed to highlight the importance of translated fiction, with eight out of ten of the finalists for the award having been originally published in a language other than English. […]
The Europese Literatuurprijs [European Literature Award] for 2015 has been awarded to Een handvol sneeuw (Aller Tage Abend) by German writer Jenny Erpenbeck in the Dutch translation by Elly Schippers.
The Europese Literatuurprijs is awarded to a novel written in any of the member languages of the Council of Europe and to the Dutch translation of that novel. It has been established by the Academic Cultural Centre SPUI25, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the weekly De Groene Amsterdammer and bookshop Athenaeum Boekhandel in an effort to celebrate Europe’s literary diversity and cultural richness. […]
The 2015 Prix lémanique for translation will be awarded to the translators Holger Fock and Jean-Yves Masson.
In addition to being President of CEATL Holger Fock is a German translator of literary fiction and non-fiction from French and has translated authors such as Patrick Deville, Andreï Makine, André Breton, Tahar Djaout and Théophile Gautier.
Jean-Yves Masson has translated into French work by many German-language writers, including Rainer Maria Rilke, Stefan George, Eduard Mörike, Arthur Schnitzler, Ödön von Horváth and Heinrich von Kleist. […]
This year’s Pranger Festival, a gathering of poets, critics and translators of poetry, was held from 30 June to 5 July in the towns of Rogaška Slatina, Šmarje pri Jelšah and Ljubljana in Slovenia.
Each year at the Festival three critics each choose three collections of Slovene poetry published in the previous year that they consider to be worth debating. Their choices can be either because of what they consider to be positive or a negative aspects of the collections or for other aesthetic or philosophical reasons. The authors of the nine selected collections of poetry and the translators of the books are invited to participate in the debates. The organisers and participants are particularly concerned to go beyond the realm of ‘pillorying’ (pranger in Slovene means ‘pillory’) and to cultivate a high level of respectful criticism. During the this year’s festival, several debates about poetry and related subjects, along with the selected books of poetry and some translations of them into Spanish were discussed. […]
The Society of Slovene Literary Translators has named affiliate professor and Slavic librarian Michael Biggins as the recipient of the Janko Lavrin Prize. The prize is awarded annually to honour an individual who has made a significant contribution to the translation of Slovene literature internationally. Michael Biggins is the English translator of more than fifteen major, book-length works of 20th- and 21st-century Slovene literature, including texts by Drago Jančar, Tomaž Šalamun and Vladimir Bartol. […]
The 2015 Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Translation has been awarded to Mirjam Pressler for her German translation of Amos Oz’s novel Judas. The Jury commended her work for its natural tonality and for conveying an intimate atmosphere against the backdrop of momentous socio-political events. Mirjam Pressler is an author in her own right, as well as being a translator of Hebrew, English and Dutch literature. She is a winner of the German Children’s Literature Award, the Carl-Zuckmayr Medal and the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal. […]
The 2014 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation goes to Alena Bláhová from the Czech Republic and to Erich Hackl, a translator from Spanish and a well-known Austrian writer.
Alena Bláhová is an expert on the translation of Jewish literature and has also made an important contribution to the reception of Rainer Maria Rilke in her country. Many of her translations, including a novel by Erich Hackl, are regarded as ideal representations of Austrian culture and the common heritage of the two neighbouring countries. […]
Laboral Kutxa and the Etxepare Basque Institute have launched a prize for a published translation of a literary work originally written in Basque. The prize of €4,000 will reward the quality of the translation itself and the publisher’s promotional strategy. The prize will thus be divided equally between the publisher and the translator.
In addition, the prize-winners will receive a grant of up to €2,000 to attend the award ceremony and to continue promoting the book in the country of publication (presentations, events, publicity campaigns, media interviews etc.). […]
The Art Foundation NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) in cooperation with the EUK Straelen (‘European Translators’ College’) have given this year’s Straelen Lifetime Achievement Translation Award to the Dutch literary translator Gerrit Bussink for his translations from German.
Bussink, who has been translating since 1972, enables the Dutch reception of important German-language authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland – authors like Martin Walser, Thomas Bernhard, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Christa Wolf, Siegfried Lenz and Peter Handke. […]
The Brockway Prize, a biennial prize for poetry translations from the Dutch, has been awarded to Ard Posthuma. The prize was established by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and is worth 5,000 euro. It will be presented on 12 June during the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam.
Literary translator Ard Posthuma (b. 1942) attended universities in Lausanne, Munich and Basel before embarking on a career as editor and lecturer. Since 1989 he has translated Dutch, Frisian and Flemish poetry into German, with publications including anthologies of the work of Martinus Nijhoff, Cees Nooteboom, Gerrit Kouwenaar, Leonard Nolens and Tsjêbbe Hettinga. His translations ‘in the other direction’, of work by authors including Ingo Schulz and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust), have also been highly praised. […]
With the aim of contributing to strengthening translation movement between the countries on the north shore and those on the south shore of the Mediterranean, the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), King Abdulaziz Foundation for Human Sciences and Islamic Studies (Casablanca, Morocco), ‘MED 21 Programme – Network Awards for promotion of Excellence and Cooperation in the Mediterranean’, the School of Translators of Toledo (Spain), and the City Council of Cremona (Italy) have agreed to create a translation award entitled the Gerardo de Cremona Award for the Promotion of Translation in the Mediterranean. [,…]
The 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize has been awarded to Jenny Erpenbeck and Susan Bernofsky for The End of Days, the first translation from German to win since 2002. The prize of £10,000 is shared equally between author and translator, acknowledging the excellence of both. In her acceptance speech Jenny Erpenbeck said of Bernofsky’s translation, ‘They’re her words, and it’s still my book.’ Boyd Tonkin, the chair of judges, commented, ‘This is a novel to enjoy, to cherish and to revisit many times.’ […]
The International Man Booker Prize has been awarded, in a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum, to the Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai, the first non-anglophone author to win since Ismail Kadaré in 2005. The prize, worth £60,000, is awarded not for a single work but for a lifelong contribution to literature. The translators’ prize of £15,000 will be shared between Krasznahorkai’s translators, George Szirtes and Ottilie Mulzet. Comparing him to Kafka and Beckett, the chair of the judges, Marina Warner, described Krasznahorkai as ‘a visionary of extraordinary intensity and vocal range who captures the texture of present day existence in scenes that are terrifying, strange, appallingly comic, and often shatteringly beautiful’, adding that he had ‘been superbly served by his translators’. […]
On 14 April, the London Book Fair, in partnership with the UK Publishers Association handed over International Excellence Awards 2015 in 18 categories of international publishing.
The International Literary Translation Initiative Award went to the Taiwanese/Singaporean journal Asymptote.
In 2008 the embassy of Spain in Slovenia launched the EsAsi award for the best translation into Slovene of literary works originally written in Spanish. This biennial award for professional translators, worth € 3000, aims to recognise the work of the translator and promote a knowledge and appreciation of Spanish literature among Slovene readers.
In 2014, the 4th round EsAsi Award was conferred on Vesna Velkovrh Bukilica for Bartleby & Co., her translation of Bartleby y compañía by Spanish author Enrique Vila Matas (published by Beletrina in 2006). […]
The London Book Fair, in partnership with the UK Publishers Association, has announced the shortlists for International Excellence Awards 2015 in 18 categories of international publishing.
Candidates for the International Literary Translation Initiative Award are Asymptote Journal (Taiwan), the Dutch Foundation of Literature (The Netherlands) and Paper Republic (China). […]
On 25 February the Translation Prizes of the Society of Authors were presented in an award ceremony at Europe House, London.
The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize (£3,000) for translation from the Arabic was awarded to Sinan Antoon for his translation of his own novel The Corpse Washer. […]
Since 2001 the Roth Endowment has sponsored a Persian Translation Prize adjudicated by members of the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIS), which represents over 30 universities teaching Farsi. The Persian Translation Prize seeks to honour superlative English translations of both contemporary and ancient Persian texts. […]