AWARD CEREMONY | READING AND CONVERSATION
2011 ACF TRANSLATION PRIZE
MONDAY JAN 09, 06:30 PM
The Austrian Cultural Forum is proud to present this year's winner of the the ACF Translation Prize, Damion Searls. The Austrian Cultural Forum will celebrate this occasion with an evening dedicated to Austrian literature in translation. The event will be followed by a reception with authentic Austrian snacks.
Searls will receive the award for his translation of Austrian playwright and novelist Elfriede Jelinek’s essay her not all her (on/with Robert Walser) [er nicht als er (zu, mit Robert Walser)], first published in 1998, and dedicated to the Swiss writer Robert Walser. Elfriede Jelinek was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004.
Michael Orthofer (The Literary Saloon) will present the winner of the 2011 ACF Translation Prize. Martin Rauchbauer (Deutsches Haus at NYU) will engage Damion Searls in a conversation titled “NOT ALL HER”, which will be followed by a short reading of the winning text.
Damion Searls is an American translator and writer, whose translations of German, Dutch, French and Norwegian literature include writers like Proust, Rilke, Handke, Robert Walser and Ingeborg Bachmann.
The ACF Translation Prize trophy is sponsored by SWAROVSKI and will be awarded to Mr. Searls by Andreas Stadler, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum.
In collaboration with the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, the ACF Translation Prize supports translations of contemporary Austrian fiction, poetry, and drama which have not previously appeared in English, with a grant of € 3,000. The award will be disbursed upon the formal acceptance of the manuscript by a publishing house, which must occur within a period of three years.