A spontaneous campaign started on Twitter last Tuesday 4th of June with the hashtag #MalpasoPagaYa (https://twitter NULL.com/search?q=%23malpasopagaya&src=typd) (Malpaso, pay now) in support of translators affected by the non-payment of the Spanish publishing house Malpaso Ediciones. The spark was a series of messages tweeted by the president of Malpaso in which he insulted and discredited one of those translators – who had turned to social media in order to raise awareness of her situation. →
On 24 May 2017, the United Nations General Assembyl recognised 30 September as International Translation Day, to be celebrated every year across the entire UN network. Translators’ associations all over Europe organise a variety of festive events. To name a few:
The Austrian association of literary translators (http://www NULL.literaturhaus NULL.at/lh/ueg/) has a tradition of celebrating International Translation Day together with the other translators’ and interpreters’ associations in Austria by taking turns in organising the event. →
In collaboration with two bookshops in Madrid and Barcelona, Casa del Libro Gran Vía and Casa del Libro Passeig de Gràcia, ACE Traductores has launched the Club de Lectura Traducida, a very particular book club where readers will have the opportunity to share their reading experience with the translator of the book in question. →
The Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education has launched the campaign “Autores invisibles” (“Invisible Authors”) to celebrate International Translation Day, and support translators and promote their visibility. This initiative is the result of the constant and continuous efforts of several translators’ associations (including ACE Traductores (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/)) to increase awareness of the essential work carried out by translators. →
ACE Traductores (http://ace-traductores NULL.org/) (Spain) has presented a Report on the economic value of book translation, prepared by the consulting agency AFI and financed by the Ministry of Culture and CEDRO, the main Spanish Reproduction Rights Centre.
Its main objective was to “check, get to know and quantify the economic value of book translation in Spain, taking into account not only the publishing figures but also the total amount of sales, whose impact, in the absence of statistics, is presumably higher”. →
Over recent months several national associations of literary translators into Spanish —from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Spain— have combined efforts to improve the working conditions of their Latin American members, as well as to contribute to the prestige of the profession and the development of culture by means of the exchange of information, experience and knowledge, and also to promote common training programmes. →
On 12-13 April 2018 the Department of English of the University of Extremadura in Cáceres (Spain) will organise an international conference on Beckett’s presence in Spanish cultural life over the last sixty years, with special attention to the Spanish renditions of his works.
Although almost all of Beckett’s novels, dramatic works, prose and poetic texts have been translated into Spanish, the quality of these versions varies greatly. →
The Spanish association ACE Traductores (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/) has recently published a ‘white paper’ on book translators’ rights as authors in the digital sector.
Part of the project was already presented in 2010, and now ACE Traductores has published an addendum regarding digital publishing. It compiles the results of a survey completed by translators, with a sociological interpretation and a legal analysis. →
On 29, 30 September and 1 October 2016, at several bookshops in different Spanish cities, ACE Traductores (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/) celebrated the first gatherings of a new campaign to promote the collaboration of booksellers and translators: Librerías de Babel (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/node/790). The aim of the campaign is to improve the visibility of translators among the readership. →
During the next CEATL AGM, which will take place from 2-4 June in Barcelona, the Spanish and Catalan translators’ associations AELC (http://www NULL.escriptors NULL.cat/), ACEC (http://www NULL.acec-web NULL.org/cat/default NULL.asp) and ACE Traductores (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/) will organise a public event.
On 3 June, literary expert Laura Borràs will interview translators Martha Tennent and Francesc Parcerisas. →
The fourth biennial EsAsi award (http://es NULL.espanacultura NULL.si/dogodki/cuarta-edicion-del-premio-esasi-para-jovenes-traductores) for the best translation from Spanish into Slovene by a translator under the age of 30 goes to Sara Marina Virk, whose translation of Felisberto Hernandez’s short story ‘Mur’ (1948) was selected as the best of the 38 entries.
The prize of €1000 was presented by the Spanish ambassador to Slovenia, His Excellency José Luis de la Peña Vela, on 24 February 2016 at a ceremony in the Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana. →
On December 11, in Museo ABC in Madrid, Celia Filipetto was awarded the tenth Esther Benítez Prize in the presence of Manuel Rico, President of ACE (Spanish Authors Association), and Carlos Fortea, President of ACE Traductores (Spanish Literary Translators Association). She was given the award for Las deudas del cuerpo (Lumen), her outstanding translation into Spanish of Storie di chi fugge e di chi resta by Elena Ferrante (Edizioni E/O). →
In November, the Gerardo de Cremona Prizes (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/first-gerardo-de-cremona-prizes-for-the-promotion-of-translation-in-the-mediterranean-have-been-awarded) for the promotion of translation in the Mediterranean were awarded for the first time. One of the award-winning translators is Malika Embarek, member of the Spanish association of translators ACE Traductores, which is represented in CEATL.
With over seventy translations, Malika Embarek (b. →
On 7 July, we awoke to the breaking news (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/man-booker-international-prize-to-reflect-growing-importance-of-translation) 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. →
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. →
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. →
One of our members, the association ACE Traductores (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/) from Spain, let us know the following.
On 10 February 2015 Penguin Random House publishing group informed translators that the rates paid would be decreased from 16 February 2015, and that such an across-the-board measure was non-negotiable.
ACE Traductores immediately contacted representatives from the publishing group to protest against such measures and argue their own position. →
The translators’ house in Tarazona (Aragón, Spain) recently reopened its doors. Twelve residency grants have been announced for translators who wish to work on their translation project in Tarazona.
Translators from or to any one of Spain’s four official languages (either into or from Spanish, Catalan, Galicean or Basque) can request an application form by sending an email to
email@example.com (info%40casadeltraductor NULL.com)
For more information (in Spanish), please click here (http://www NULL.boa NULL.aragon NULL.es/cgi-bin/EBOA/BRSCGI?CMD=VEROBJ&MLKOB=821733880000). →
ACE Traductores, the Spanish Association of Literary Translators, will participate in the 33rd Granada Book Fair (9-18 May 2014) with two round table sessions:
Sunday May 11th , 2014
‘Bart Simpson and Meryl Streep speak Spanish: Literary Intricacies of Audiovisual Translation’: Round table with María José Aguirre de Cárcer (ATRAE), Natalia Gascón (ATRAE), Violeta Ruiz Arcas (ACE Traductores) and Alicia Martorell (ASETRAD). →
From 15–17 May 2014 ACE Traductores, the Spanish Association of Literary Translators, will hold its sixth annual conference, ‘El ojo de Polisemo’. The conference, organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, will take place in Granada and is open to students, teachers and literary translation professionals. This year’s topic will be ‘Ambassadors of the Unknown: Translation of less translated languages’. →