They've announced the lineup for this year's Ingeborg Bachmann Prize-competition at the 'Tage der deutschsprachigen Literatur' ('Days of German-language literature'), the 43rd time they're holding this public-reading-and-judging prize; previous winners include Ulrich Plenzdorf (1978), Wolfgang Hilbig (1989), Sibylle Lewitscharoff (1998), Terézia Mora (1999), and Lutz Seiler (2007).
Clemens J. Setz will start things off with his lecture on 'Kayfabe and Literature'
The competition runs 26 to 30 June.
The main challenges in promoting the literature from Malta in Norway in general has always been that I have to start from scratch every time.
Norwegian readers or publishers don’t know a lot about Malta so I always have to start by explaining the two-language practice and the Arabic influence before I even start talking about the Maltese literary scene.
Translating swearing is almost impossible.
No one in Norway would use the swear words we use in Malta. [...]
Also, all religious and political references are much more present in the Maltese language than in Norwegian.
It’s challenging to transform that into plausible Norwegian, but that is what makes it so interesting.
They've announced the longlists for this year's four Orwell Prizes, including the new Orwell Prize for Political Fiction (as well as the nicely named Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils).
The shortlists will be announced later this month, and the winners will be announced 25 June.
The (revived) Premio Formentor de las Letras has a solid list of winners since they brought it back in 2011, after a more than forty year hiatus -- including Carlos Fuentes, Juan Goytisolo, and Enrique Vila-Matas -- and they've now announced this year's winner -- the certainly very worthy Annie Ernaux; see, for example, the El Paísreport.
They've announced the six-title shortlist for this year's Internationaler Literaturpreis, honoring: "an outstanding work of contemporary international literature that has been translated into German for the first time" (and paying out €20,000 for the author and €15,000 for the translator).
Only one of the books is a translation from the English -- Gerald Murnane's Border Districts .
(Hélène Cixous's Mother Homer is Dead... is one of the titles also available in English -- though it a rather pricey edition; see the Edinburgh University Press publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.)
They've announced that De goede zoon, by Rob van Essen, has won this year's Libris Literatuur Prijs, one of the leading Dutch book prizes, paying out €50,000.
See also the Dutch Foundation for Literature information page for the book, or the Atlas Contact publicity page.
In recent years and in Anglo-Saxon countries in particular, translation has become attached to a certain political stance.
Translation is seen, in some broad sense, as morally good.
Hence it has to be defended even when done badly.
At €50,000 the Joseph-Breitbach-Preis is a leading German author-prize, and they've now announced that this year's prize will go to Thomas Hettche -- not yet at the official site, last I checked, but see, for example, the Boersenblatt report.
Hettche's The Arbogast Case (see the Farrar, Straus and Giroux publicity page) and What We Are Made Of (see the Picador publicity page) have been translated into English.
The award will be presented on 20 September.
The PEN World Voices Festival, with a theme of 'Open Secrets' starts tomorrow in New York, and runs through 12 May.
A lot of interesting events, so if you're in the neighborhood, well worth checking out.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Julien Green's 1927 novel, The Closed Garden, re-issued under its original French title, Adrienne Mesurat.
I like the beginning of the Publishers Weeklyreview:
Ah, to be young, beautiful, wealthy and living in the French countryside ... take it from Adrienne, it's hell.
It was a big success, back in the day, both in Europe and the US -- a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and reviewed (very favorably) by Walter Benjamin.
And the Persian translation recently came out in Iran !
In the Tehran Times Samaneh Aboutalei reports that Lack of copyright, big obstacle for Iranian publishers of translated books.
Iran is one of the few countries not party to international copyright regimes and even where publishers try to play by international rules, buying rights to publish in Iran, successful books often face rival unauthorized translations.
American sanctions complicate matters further -- having: "put obstacles in the way of companies trying to legally collaborate with publishers overseas".
The EU Prizes for Literature are an odd semi-national prize, awarded each year to emerging authors from twelve or thirteen of the 'Creative Europe'-programme countries (the member states of the EU, and thirteen assorted others), rotating from year to year; this year the countries whose authors will be honored are: Austria, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
National juries select the national winners, and they've now announced this year's shortlisted candidates.
The Goethe Institut has announced that this year's winner of the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize, awarded for the best literary translation from German into English published in the US the previous year, is the very deserving Damion Searls for his translation of Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries.
Great to see the recognition for this work and this translation -- especially since it wasn't eligible for other leading translation prizes such as the Man Booker International Prize and the (American) National Book Award for Translated Literature (both are limited to living authors) or the Best Translated Book Award (because there was a previous translation (of sorts ...)).
The prize will be presented on 23 May.
They've announced that this year's Wellcome Book Prize -- awarded to a book, fiction or non, with: "a central theme that engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness" -- goes to Murmur, by Will Eaves.
See the publicity pages from CB Editions and Bellevue Literary Press, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
They've announced the shortlist for this year's RSL Christopher Bland Prize -- a new prize: "to encourage and celebrate older writers [...] awarded annually to a debut novelist or popular non-fiction writer, first published at the age of 50 or over"
The winner will be announced 29 May.