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Translation Roundup

By Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren


Honors and Awards

Congratulations to Sharon Olds, this year's winner of the UK's TS Eliot Prize, for her poetry collection Stag's Leap!

Check out the International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist, which includes several young novelists. The winner will be announced April 23 at an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. 

The 30 finalists for the National Book Critics Circle book awards include Lauren Binet's novel HHhH, translated from the French by Sam Taylor. Winners will be announced on February 28. 

Interviews, Articles, Reviews

Lovers of Japanese literature are in luck: as of January 1st, many canonical works have entered the public domain and are now free to read online!

The latest podcast from the Center for the Art of Translation features literary telephone, oulipians, and an interview with Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

In The New Yorker, Hari Kunzru takes a hard look at the current political and literary climate in Hungary.

Seamus Heaney on translating Beowulf: "I wanted my anchor to be lodged on the Anglo-Saxon sea-floor, down in the consonantal rock, but I had a second mooring down in the old soft vowel-bog of the local speech. I was honour-bound to the feel and sense of the original, but at the same time could not desert whatever it is in my ear that makes me sound convincing to myself." 

Two men get on a bus, have a small tiff, and then one tells the other to replace a button on his coat. This simple story gets retold 99 different ways in the original edition of Raymond Queneau's Exercises in StyleNew Directions has just released a 65th anniversary edition, with 25 new exercises, by writers including Ben Marcus, Lynne Tillman, and Enrique Vila-Matas.

World Literature Today spotlights books from Oslo, Norway.


what: PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants ($2,000-$4,000)
submission deadline: February 1, 2013
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what: 7-week Virtual Poetry Seminar with Margaret Ross, through The University of Iowa's International Writing Program
when: February 18-April 1, 2013
application deadline: January 28, 2013
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Published Jan 24, 2013   Copyright 2013 Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren

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