New recipients of PEN Translates Award announced

English PEN has announced the latest recipients of PEN Translates award, along with increased opportunities for publishers seeking funding.

In future UK publishers with a turnover of under £500,000 p.a. will be eligible to apply for 100% of the translation costs of a book acquired from another language. Previously, only publishers with a turnover of under £100,000 p.a. were able to apply for this maximum level of grant. All other publishers could apply for up to 75% of a book’s translation costs. [,,,]

The 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize to Jenny Erpenbeck and Susan Bernofsky

The 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize to Jenny Erpenbeck and Susan Bernofsky

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.’ […]

Man Booker International Prize to Hungarian writer Krasznahorkai and his translators Szirtes and Mulzet

Man Booker International Prize to Hungarian writer Krasznahorkai and his translators Szirtes and Mulzet

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’. […]

Literature Across Frontiers publishes statistical report on literary translations in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Literature Across Frontiers publishes statistical report on literary translations in the United Kingdom and Ireland

On 13 April Literature Across Frontiers presented a new statistical report on the publishing of literary translations in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The report, prepared by Alexandra Büchler and Giulia Trentacosti, provides data on the market of literary translation published between 1990 and 2012. Thus, the report aims to answers such questions as: How many translations are published in English and how accurate is the oft-quoted figure of 3%? Which are the most translated languages and which literatures are we missing out on? […]

Shortlist for International Literary Translation Initiative Award announced

Shortlist for International Literary Translation Initiative Award announced

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). […]

English PEN marks decade of supporting literature in translation

English PEN marks decade of supporting literature in translation

English PEN’s Writers in Translation programme is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a nationwide programme of events beginning on the evening of 18 March with a launch at Foyles bookshop in London. The programme will include events dedicated to international writers at the London Book Fair, Cambridge Literary Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, among others, and will culminate in an all-day celebration of contemporary Muslim European and Middle Eastern writing at the Rich Mix arts centre in London. […]