Sunday, 14 June 2009

Bell Wins Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize

After a good half-hour of searching, I can finally reveal that this year's Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize was awarded to Anthea Bell for her rendering of Sasa Stanisic's How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone. I don't know the translation but I'm sure the book itself deserves all the honours it can get - and its language in the German presents plenty of exciting challenges for a translator.

Guest judge Hermione Lee said, "The translation feels free-flowing, natural and colloquial, and never flags in energy and vigour."


1 comment:

David said...

I see that Bell's translation of Julia Franck's novel has been released in the UK. Any reactions? No sign of when it might come out in the US.

Nearly finished with Die Mittagsfrau, thanks so much for recommending.