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In order to raise international awareness of Swiss literature, Pro Helvetia has launched a magazine named «12 Swiss Books». It is published annually to coincide with the Frankfurt Book Fair and, with each issue, presents twelve newly published works of literature from all four linguistic regions in Switzerland. These works are especially recommended for translation by the Swiss Arts Council. Available in printed and web form, «12 Swiss Books» offers text excerpts, brief portraits of the authors and useful information on the possibilities of support for publishers, translators and agencies.
12 SWISS BOOKS 2017 | NO. 6
Bonjour tout le monde!
This year, we’re greeting you in French, because it’s Francfort en français! The French language is guest of honour at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair, and Switzerland is likewise invited to exhibit and participate in the festivities. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to promote books from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, la Romandie, where we have – apart from countless remarkable novels, of course – lots of acclaimed comic strip and graphic novel authors, excellent crime fiction, and a flourishing poetry slam scene. So we’re sure there’s something for all of you to discover in the western part of Switzerland and perhaps our magazine might be the first to open a window onto this world for you! Speaking of ‘opening up’: you’ll find we’ve wrapped our magazine à la française. Open the special cover and inside you’ll find information about the 12 authors travelling to Frankfurt this year to represent la littérature romande. The quotes we’ve chosen from their books will, we hope, make you long for more; and you can read how their translators into German approach their work. The French focus continues in the main magazine: our contributing editor Rosie Goldsmith conducted her own survey about the reception of la littérature romande in the UK. You can read her interview with translator Frank Wynne on p. 42. We also have an insight into how a French woman felt when she moved to Geneva and started writing about Swiss French literature – how, at the outset, her mother tongue didn’t feel that way at all, when she encountered the Swiss version of it! Of course you’ll also find our selection of 12 newly published Swiss books, and not just in French, but in German and Italian as well. We’ve asked British translators to read our choice of books and describe why they think each book is worthy of being translated.
We hope this glimpse into la Romandie will arouse your curiosity about French literature from Switzerland – il y a beaucoup à découvrir
For the editorial team: Angelika Salvisberg (Head of Literature & Society Division, Pro Helvetia) and Eva Stensrud (Editor-in-chief)
12 Swiss authors from Romandie in Francfort en français 2017
The French language is guest of honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, and Switzerland is likewise invited to exhibit and participate. A delegation of 12 Swiss-French authors is travelling to the city on the river Main to promote the literature from Romandie, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Events such as «30 minutes chez les Welsches» (30 minutes in la Romandie), a Gutenberg printing press that will print texts by francophone authors, and a Belgian-Swiss poetry slam evening will celebrate the diversity of the French language. Vive la langue française!
PRO HELVETIA’S SUPPORT FOR TRANSLATION
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia awards grants for translations of contemporary literary works from Switzerland, with an eye to promoting cultural and linguistic diversity and helping Swiss authors reach larger audiences, both within the country and around the world.
Pro Helvetia supports the translation of:
- literary works by Swiss authors (fiction and poetry)
- books for children and young adults
- non-fiction books by Swiss authors on cultural and artistic topics relating to Switzerland
- plays by Swiss dramatists (including theatre surtitles)
- samples of up to 15 pages upon request
To help promote Swiss literature in translation, Pro Helvetia also contributes financially to literary tours By Swiss authors and translators of recently translated books.
How to proceed: Applications must be submitted by the licensed publisher. An application must contain the licence and translation contracts, as well as a significant part of the proof-read translation manuscript and the corresponding original text. For detailed information on the application procedure, please see the guidelines on our website: www.prohelvetia.ch/en/translation-funding-and-support
Deadline: We accept applications at any time, but they must be submitted at least three months before the date of printing.
We accept applications exclusively via our online portal: www.myprohelvetia.ch
For translations of Swiss texts into the languages from South-east Europe, Pro Helvetia is a partner of the European Network for Literature and books TRADUKI. All requests involving a translation into Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Romanian, Serbian and Slovenian should be addressed directly to Traduki at: www.traduki.eu.
Please contact us if you have any further questions. We look forward to receiving your application.
Head of Pro Helvetia’s Literature and Society Division
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TRANSLATION HOUSE LOOREN
Translation House Looren in the Swiss canton of Zürich offers professional literary translators from all over the world a place to work and study. At Translation House Looren all language combinations are welcome. As the first institution of its kind in a country that, with its four national languages, has always been a land of translation, Translation House Looren sees itself primarily as a location for concentrated work. In addition, a programme of events aims to increase the visibility of literary translation and to support its practitioners. Through readings, workshops and conferences, translators are offered a forum for continuing professional development and for enhancing the public’s awareness of their activities.
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