PEN Translation Prize Linguists 2014

logo-2It used to be that the winners of PEN American Center’s two big translation prizes (for a translated work of poetry and prose respectively) were just announced without any information about which other books had been serious contenders for the gold. This year, things are different: longlists have just been published, so we can get a sense of which books are in the running for each of these two prizes. Congratulations to all the translators who have been honored by inclusion on these longlists. Each of these prizes comes with a $3000 purse. With no further ado, voila. These are incredible lists.

PEN Translation Prize Finalists:

(Judges: Ann Goldstein, Becka McKay and Katherine Silver)

  • Chris Andrews, Shantytown by César Aira (New Directions)
  • Beverley Bie Brahic, Twists and Turns in the Heart’s Antarctic by Hélène Cixous (Polity)
  • Elizabeth & Robert Chandler, An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman (New York Review Books)
  • Margaret Jull Costa, The Infatuations by Javier Marías (Knopf)
  • Margot Bettauer Dembo, Transit by Anna Seghers (New York Review Books)
  • Shelley Frisch, Kafka: The Years of Insight by Reiner Stach (Princeton University Press)
  • Sam Garrett, The Dinner by Herman Koch (Hogarth)
  • Jeffrey Gray, The African Shore by Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Yale University Press)
  • Michael Hofmann, The Emperor’s Tomb by Joseph Roth (New Directions)
  • Joanne Turnbull & Nikolai Formozov, Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (New York Review Books)


PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, Finalists

(Judge: Kimiko Hahn)

  • Martha Collins & Ngo Tu Lap, Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed Editions)
  • David Colmer, Even Now: Poems by Hugo Claus (Archipelago)
  • Karen Emmerich & Edmund Keeley, Diaries of Exile by Yannis Ritsos (Archipelago)
  • Forrest Gander, fungus skull eye wing by Alfonso D’Aquino (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Michael Hofmann, Impromptus by Gottfried Benn (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Takako Lento & W.S. Merwin, Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson by Yosa Buson (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Fiona Sze-Lorrain, I Can Almost See the Clouds of Dust by Yu Xiang (Zephyr Press)
  • Andrew Wachtel, Paul Klee’s Boat (In the Grip of Strange Thoughts) by Anzhelina Polonskaya (Zephyr Press)
  • Michael Wolfe, Cut These Words Into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs (Johns Hopkins University Press)

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