George Szirtes wins Best Translated Book Award

UEA Reader in Poetry, George Szirtes, has won this year’s Best Translated Book Award for his translation from the Hungarian of László Krasznahorkai’s novel ‘Satantango’, which is published by Atlantic in the UK and New Directions in the USA.  The award is worth $5,000 and was announced at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York on Friday.  Last month George (pictured) also won the CLPE Poetry Award for his book of poems for children ‘In The Land of Giants’.  His first collection of poetry ‘The Slant Door’ Faber Memorial Prize in 1979, while his 2005 collection ‘Reel’ won the 2005 T.S. Eliot Prize.  ‘Song’ was the winner of the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem) in 2009.  His previous awards for translation include The European Poetry Translation Prize, the Dery Prize, the Pro Cultura Hungaria medal and the Gold Star of the Hungarian Republic.

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