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Translator David Short awarded Jiří Theiner Award

David Short, British translator and Czech studies scholar, received the Jiří Theiner Award, bestowed on those who significantly help spread and promote Czech literature abroad. CONGRATULATIONS!

The prize is named after the man who for many years was editor-in-chief of the magazine Index on Censorship. It is awarded by Svět knihy, s.r.o. [Book World Ltd.], a company of the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers, to a living person or active institution operating abroad who or which by their or its acts or long-term endeavours has made a significant contribution to the dissemination and promotion of Czech literature abroad.

The nominations can be submitted by professional public, such as publishers, booksellers, university staff, institutions or media dealing with the subject of Czech literature and book culture. The award winner is selected by a commission of five members.

Short was chosen from 38 nominees. The jury appreciated his numerous translations into English ranging from Czech literary classics to contemporary writers and including texts by Karel Čapek, Jaroslav Durych, František Gellner, Jaroslav Hašek, Bohumil Hrabal, Vítězslav Nezval, Gabriela Preissová and Jaroslav Seifert. Short said he was originally studying the Czech language, which drew him to Czech literature eventually. In the past 50 years, he was active as a teacher, linguist and translator.