Translation Prize award ceremonyThursday, February 23, 2017by JBW
Rachel Tzvia Back received The Risa Domb/Porjes Prize and Natasha Lehrer won the Scott Moncrieff Prize at the award ceremony for the Society of Authors Translation Prizes at The British Library on Wednesday evening.
Rachel Back won for her translation from Hebrew of Tuvia Ruebner’s In the Illuminated Dark (University of Pittsburgh Press) with judge Tamar Drukker commenting that" Rachel Back offers Ruebner’s ‘echoless’ and sometimes ‘trembling’ voice a natural home in English poetry, turning these poems into continuous dialogue between poets and readers." Rachel Back gave a passionate rendering of three of Ruebner's poem in the original Hebrew and in translation and critic and prize judge, Boyd Tonkin, gave an eloquent account of the judging process, emphasising the universally high quality of all the submissions.
JBW 2017 speaker Natasha Lehrer, and Cécile Menon, won the Scott Moncrief for their joint translation from French of Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Léger (Les Fugitives). Judge Ian Patterson said "Natasha Lehrer and Cécile Menon give this novel of striking originality and importance a stylish new incarnation, without losing any of its thought-provoking and unsettling tone."