12 Dec 2013 - 28 Feb 2014
Young Translators´ competition: How to translate Bohumil Hrabal
Call for Submissions: The Czech Centre London in collaboration with the Arts Institute in Prague is organising a competition for young translators up to 35 years of age living in the UK in honour of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal. Applicants are to translate a short story by Bohumil Hrabal Polomy v lese into English and email their translation together with a short biography and, as applicable, a list of any previous translations to Renata Clark at the Czech Centre London email@example.com in an accessible Word or PDF format by 5 p.m. on 28 February 2014.
The competition is being run by Czech Centres in a number of countries and languages. In each country a board of jurors will announce the winning translator by 31 March 2014. The UK jury will be headed by David Short, whose own translation of Bohumil Hrabal’s Rukověť pábitelského učně will be published by Karolinum in January 2014 (as Rambling on: An Apprentice’s Guide to the Gift of the Gab).
The winners will be invited for a short stay in Prague on 14–16 May 2014 (tbc) to participate in events related to Bohumil Hrabal’s anniversary; they will visit sites of interest connected with Hrabal’s life, meet some of Hrabal’s personal friends and scholars specializing in his work and, and of course meet each other. The concluding event with a proposed discussion forum (yet to be decided) will take place on the eve of the major literature festival Svět knihy (Book World).
To participate in the competition and to receive the text please contact
Renata Clark, tel.0207 307 5182,
Bohumil Hrabal (1914 – 1997) was a Czech writer best known for his tragicomic portrayal of everyday marvels.
Nearly three million copies of Hrabal’s books were printed in his native Czechoslovakia during his lifetime and his work was translated into twenty-seven languages.
One of his best-selling works is the exceptional story written in a single sentence ‘Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age’, first published in 1964. Other Hrabal’s well-known novels and short stories include the titles Pearls of the Deep, Snowdrop Festival, Cutting It Short, Too Loud a Solitude, I served the King of England and many more.
Various Hrabal’s novels and short stories were adapted to film by Czech director Jiri Menzel, including the legendary Closely Observed Trains, which won an Oscar for best foreign film in 1967. To date remembered for his imagination and amusing satire, Hrabal is considered one of the greatest Czech writers of the 20th century.
Organised by the Czech Centres and Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague
Partners: Bulgarian Cultural Institute, CzechTourism, Institut Cervantes, Italian Cultural Institute, Mladá fronta, Czech Literature Portal, Pražská informační služba, Austrian Cultural Forum, Ruské středisko vědy a kultury
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From: 12 Dec 2013
To: 28 Feb 2014