On 9 October the Paul Celan Prize 2014 was awarded to Gerhard Meier. Meier (b.1957) was honoured for his corpus of translations from French and Turkish into German. Works he has translated include novels by Amin Maalouf, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Murathan Mungan, Yaşar Kemal and Sait Faik Abasıyanık. The jury made special mention of Meier’s translations of six novels by Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, whose ‘stylistic elegance Meier manages to maintain admirably in German.’
Gerhard Meier studied Romance and German Philology at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität in München and Translation Studies at Mainz University in Germersheim. Since 1986 he has been working as literary translator and German teacher in Lyon (France).
The Paul Celan prize (€15,000) is awarded annually by the German Literary Fund to outstanding translators into German.