News from NORLA
October’s translator of the month was Anne-Marie Soulier, who translates into French and is extremely active in a very special area of Norway’s literary treasure: poetry.
She was born in Lunéville in 1945, but spent many years living abroad (in Germany, Norway, Algeria and England) before settling down in Strasbourg. She worked for many years at the university, where she mainly taught English. Nowadays, she works primarily on the translation of Norwegian poetry and has just completed translations of both Hanne Bramness and Olav H. Hauge. In addition, Anne-Marie has published several collections of her own poetry, often in collaboration with different artists, and some of her poems have also been set to music by composers.
You may read more about Anne-Marie here.
Read our interview (in Norwegian) here.
NORLA recently launched the website Books from Norway. The website provides foreign rights buyers with information in English about Norwegian titles. In addition to being a platform for rightsholders and rights buyers, Books from Norway is made for translators of Norwegian literature.
As of today, only 452 days remain until 1 January 2019. Starting on this day, Norway has Guest of Honour status in connection with the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Throughout the entirety of 2019 Norwegian literature and culture will be spotlighted in Germany. How we look forward to this!
Foreign publishers have requested a comprehensive website containing information in English about Norwegian titles. In accordance with the objectives of the Frankfurt project, NORLA has responded to this challenge and created the website Books from Norway.
We invite you to take a closer look at our selected titles for the autumn of 2017 here.
You may also find our lists of titles in different genres from 2016/2017 and previous years, in our “Highlights” lists, here.
In conjunction with the celebration of the Feast of St. Jerome on 28 September in Oslo, NORLA’s Translator’s Award was conferred for the twelfth time.
The award is given annually to a translator of Norwegian literature and was established to spotlight the contribution made by foreign translators to Norwegian literature. The award shall go to a translation talent and is intended as measure to encourage the ongoing investment in Norwegian literature.
Week 37 was the week for Norwegian literary events in New York. On Thursday 14 October, Norwegian authors were introduced to American publishers in the residence of the Norwegian consulate general. There was standing room only when, one by one, Cecilie Enger, Nina Lykke and Vigdis Hjorth took the floor in front of a fantastic view of Manhattan and the East River.
The Chinese are crazy about Norwegian books. That is the impression we were left with after having visited the book fair in Beijing. Ever since 2010 NORLA has travelled to the book fair in Beijing, Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), which takes place every year in the end of August. This year we were accompanied by four Norwegians: Even Råkil from Oslo Literary Agency, Hans Petter Bakketeig from Stilton Agency, Gina Winje from Winje Agency and Svein Størksen, Magikon Forlag. At the fair energetic work was carried out to present Norwegian books and meet with Chinese publishers to promote the translation of more Norwegian titles into Chinese.
Translators are the most important emissaries we have for bringing Norwegian literature out into the world. Their work is of decisive significance and to spotlight this work, we started the interview series entitled “Translator of the month”. Here we will get to know some of those who translate from Norwegian and learn about their challenging work of transmitting Norwegian literature into all the different languages of the world.
The translator of the month for September is the Czech translator Milada Blekastad (1917 – 2003). She has been a key individual in the translation of literature between Norway and the Czech Republic and her work is now being honoured through the project «The Invisible Bridge. Milada Blekastad (1917 – 2003)».