The Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize "aims to honour the craft of translation, and to recognise its cultural importance." The shortlist for the prize was announced a week or so back; the winner will be announced on the 6th June. Let us hope Michael Hofmann wins for his work on Durs Grunbein's Ashes for Breakfast: Selected Poems.

Readers Comments

  1. Rodney Pybus Monday 14 May 2007

    By one of those wonderful coincidences that lift a cloud on a gloomy day, I had just spent an hour or so in the company (not for the first time) of Grunbein and Hofmann, when I opened up Mark's post. I agree entirely with him. It's one of the best collections of translated poetry for a long time -- highly intelligent, provocative, funny, copious, multi-faceted, cosmopolitan. Anyone with an interest in contemporary poetry who hasn't yet come across it has a treat in store. Grunbein is clearly a huge talent, and there's a bonus in the form of a very interesting and witty introduction by Michael Hofmann, one of our finest living translators (and an excellent poet himself).

  2. Thanks so much for this Rodney.


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