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Four German Translation Prizes awarded
Four German Translation Prizes awarded
8 May, 2013
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The 2013 Straelen Translation Award has been awarded to Nikolaus Stingl for his lifework of translations from English, in particular for his translation Der Tunnel (‘The Tunnel’), a novel by William Gass.

The € 25,000 award, the highest endowed literary prize in the whole German-speaking region, is granted by the art foundation NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) in cooperation with Europäisches Übersetzer-Kollegium (‘European Translator´s College’) in Straelen (Germany).

For more information, please click here (http://www NULL.euk-straelen NULL.de/english-information/kollegium/).

The 2013 Leipzig Book Fair Prize in the category Best translation has been awarded to Eva Hesse for Die Cantos, her translation of Ezra Pounds’ Cantos. Besides working as a translator, Eva Hesse is an editor and the author of literary essays, including texts on Samuel Beckett and T.S. Eliot. She exchanged two hundred letters with Pound.

The prize is awarded annually during the Leipzig Book Fair to outstanding newly released literary works in the categories Fiction, Non-fiction and Translation. It is considered to be one of the three most important German book awards, together with the German Book Prize and Straelen Translation award. The winner in each category receives € 15,000.

For more information, please click here (http://en NULL.wikipedia NULL.org/wiki/Leipzig_Book_Fair_Prize).

The 2013 Johann-Heinrich-Voß-Prize goes to Wolfgang Kubin, emeritus professor in sinology and a lyric poet himself, for his translations of Chinese prose and lyric poetry.  In 2007 Wolfgang Kubin received China’s National Award and the 2007 Pamir International Poetry Prize, the most important Chinese prize for literature.

The 2013 Friedrich-Gundolf-Prize for the Intermediation of German Culture in Foreign Countries is granted to Mati Sirkel, Estonian specialist in German studies, lector and translator, who worked at the Universities of Tatu and Tallin. His list of publications and translations shows an impressive range of topics from contemporary and classical German literature. Mati Sirkel has been honoured many times, most recently in 2009 when he received the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art.

These last two prizes, both from the German Academy of Language and Literature, and endowed with € 15,000 each, will be awarded in a ceremony on 18 May at the Academy’s annual spring conference, which will be held this year in Tartu (Estonia).

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