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24th Annual Translation Prize

On May 23rd, 2011 the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation awarded their 24th Translation Prizes for English translations of French prose published in 2010.

Prizes? Yes, four of them. For the first time since the creation of the prize in 1986, two fiction and two non-fiction prizes were awarded to two classic and two contemporary works.

David Bellos – Professor of French at Princeton University, celebrated translator and biographer of Georges Perec, winner himself of the French-American Foundation’s translation prize (1988), of the Prix Goncourt de la Biographie (1994) and of the first Man Booker International translator’s award (2005) – was Master of Ceremonies.

The winners this year are:

- Mitzi Angel for Jean-Christophe Valtat’s Novella 03 - Lydia Davis for Flaubert’s Madame Bovary - Frederick Brown for Tocqueville’s Letters from America - Jane Marie Todd for Dominique Charpin’s Reading and Writing in Babylon

Mitzi Angel’s translation, Novella 03 was awarded a French Voices grant from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in 2009 which provided the funds for publication in the US. The release of the book was followed by a U.S. tour of its proud author in universities and bookstores across the US. Novella 03, a very original book about young love, marks the English-language debut of a unique French writer – one of the great stylists of his generation.