NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces $300,000 for 20 Literature Translation Fellowships
Since 1981, the NEA has awarded 323 Fellowships for works in 61 languages from 71 countries.
September 7, 2010
Washington, DC -- NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced $300,000 in 20 literary fellowships to support the translation of works into English. Available to previously published literary translators for specific projects, many of these fellowships will result in the first English translation of outstanding works of international literature. This year's projects vary from the ancient to the contemporary, involving works in 13 different languages from 17 countries ranging from novels and poetry to memoirs and myths:
Complete descriptions of each funded project are available at arts.gov.
"Translation brings works of literature to new audiences, and translation is, itself, an art," said NEA Chairman Landesman. "These 20 projects will bring new words and the worlds they describe to American audiences. We are proud of the NEA's 30-year history of investing in literary translation."
Former NEA Translation Fellow (2009) Charlotte Mandell said, "My translation of Mathias Énard's French novel Zone would never have been possible without the grant I received from the NEA, since that was my sole source of income when I was working on Zone. Imagine our literary canon without Proust or Flaubert or Balzac in English -- how much poorer we would be culturally and intellectually. Without the NEA, many of the books that could become classics in the future -- Roberto Bolaño's 2666 comes to mind -- would not be published at all in English."
The recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships will receive either $12,500 or $25,000 depending on the scope and merit of their projects. (The amount of the awards is pending Congressional approval of the NEA's fiscal year 2011 budget.)
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