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Emmerich awarded 2019 National Translation Award (NTA) in prose

Karen Emmerich, associate professor of comparative literature and director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication, was awarded the 2019 National Translation Award (NTA) in prose on Fri., November 8 at the American Literary Translators Association’s (ALTA) annual conference.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Karen Emmerich, associate professor of comparative literature and director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication, was awarded the 2019 National Translation Award (NTA) in prose on Fri., November 8 at the American Literary Translators Association’s (ALTA) annual conference. The judges said of her translation from the Greek of Ersi Sotiropoulos’ “What’s Left of the Night”: “Moving seamlessly from description to thought to assessment of the poems he’s working on, the story allows us to live, briefly, in this history; in Karen Emmerich’s translation, the prose becomes as luxurious and welcoming as Cavafy’s own poetry.”

Emmerich was awarded a $2,500 prize.

Previously, Emmerich’s translation of Eleni Vakalo’s “Before Lyricism” won the Best Translated Book Award for Poetry, and her co-translation with Edmund Keeley of Yiannis Ritsos’s “Diaries of Exile” won the PEN Poetry in Translation Award.