Translator Named a 2017 Chevalier

The French government knights people for making significant contributions to the arts in France and the world, and among this year’s freshly minted crop of Chevaliers is translator (and journalist, author, and literary critic) Liesl Schillinger, who was honored with the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy last week in New York. According to the French Consulate, “The Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.” Other translators who have been singled out for this honor include Ros Schwartz, Alyson Waters, Esther Allen, Jeanine Herman, and Paul Auster (maybe not primarily for his work as a translator). Barbara Wright, legendary translator of Raymond Queneau, was honored in 2002 at the rank of Commandeur, and David Bellos and Lydia Davis are Officiers.

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