National Endowment for the Arts Announces 13 Literature Translation Fellowships
August 4, 2005
Washington, D.C. - The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that it will award 13 grants for the translation of works of prose and poetry from eight other languages into English. Grants in the translation category are for $10,000 or $20,000, for a total of $200,000.
The National Endowment for the Arts fosters the art of translation in part through its Translation Fellowships in Poetry and Prose, offered to published literary translators for specific translation projects from other languages into English.
The grants will support the translation of seven works of poetry and six works of fiction from such languages as Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Italian, Danish, Indonesian, and Spanish (originating in Mexico, Argentina, and Chile). Authors to be translated include Dahlia Ravikovitch, a distinguished poet and anti-war activist in Israel whose work explores the parallels of suffering between Palestinians and Jews; Ibrahim al-Koni, whose fiction blends existential questions with folklore, ancient myths, and vivid descriptions of his nomadic childhood in the Libyan desert; Umberto Saba, whose expansive career as a poet in Italy reflects his experiences through World War I and World War II; and Ismet Fanany from West Sumatra, whose fiction explores the lives of Indonesians living in the US and Australia.
Since FY 1997, Translation Fellowships have been offered on an every-other-year basis, alternating between poetry and prose. This year marks a return to annual funding for this category in both poetry and prose.
"It is vital to American culture that the world’s literature continues to find an audience among us—and the art of translation is essential to this task,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia. “From Homer to Tolstoy, from Confucius to Mishima, the voices of other lands and other ages have been available to enrich and enlighten the American character. These grants will help to keep this distinguished literary tradition alive and well.”
FY 2006 Literature Translation Fellowship Recipients:
Aron Aji, Indianapolis, IN
Please see complete descriptions of the funded projects.
For more information, call the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Communications at 202-682-5570.
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