presented by the Federal Office of Culture
Every year, the Federal Office of Culture awards the Swiss Grand Award for Literature, plus from five to seven Swiss Literature Awards. The latter are awarded for literary works that have been published in the previous year, in one of the Swiss national languages or dialects. The Swiss Grand Award for Literature honours a personality who stands out through their exceptional dedication to Swiss literature. In addition, every other year there’s a Special Award for Translation, awarded to an outstanding translator.
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Sample translations of the 2016 laureates’ texts can be provided upon request.
BREVE PAZIENZA DI RITROVARTI
(A LITTLE PATIENCE TILL WE MEET AGAIN)
GENRE Short stories
PUBLISHER Interlinea, Novara
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Ilaria Finotti, firstname.lastname@example.org
IL NUMERO DEI VIVI
PUBLISHER Donzelli Editore, Rome
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Elena Munafò, email@example.com
PLAINE DES HÉROS
(FIELD OF HEROES)
PUBLISHER Fayard, Paris
TRANSLATION RIGHTS firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLISHER Buchet Chastel, Paris
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Christine Bonnard Legrand, email@example.com
WIE WIR ÄLTER WERDEN
(HOW WE GROW OLD)
PUBLISHER S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Elisa Diallo, firstname.lastname@example.org
EINS IM ANDERN
PUBLISHER Droschl, Graz
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Annette Knoch, email@example.com
PUBLISHER Rotpunktverlag, Zürich
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Daniela Koch, firstname.lastname@example.org
SWISS GRAND AWARD FOR LITERATURE
ALBERTO NESSI is a Swiss Italian writer, born in Mendrisio in the canton of Ticino in 1940. He occupies an important place in Swiss Italian literature and is one of the most respected and most frequently translated authors into the other languages of Switzerland. His writings include poetry, prose and essays. His latest book Miló, a volume of narratives, was published in 2014 at Edizioni Casagrande.
SPECIAL AWARD FOR TRANSLATION
HARTMUT FÄHNDRICH was born in Tübingen, Germany, in 1944. From 1978 to 2014, he taught Arabic and Islamic Cultural History at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. He has also been a lecturer and held guest professorships at universities in Germany, France and Italy. He has been awarded several important prizes for his many translations of Arabic authors.