And the French Voices Grand Prize for 2014 goes to...

January 22, 2015 | By Charlotte Groult

On January 21, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy held the second French Voices Ceremony, presided over this year by Honorary Chair Rick Moody. Among the ten grantees for 2014, one has been selected by the French Voices Jury to receive the 2014 Grand Prize, worth $10,000. The French author of the translated book will also have the opportunity to do a book tour in the US.

And the French Voices Grand Prize for 2014 goes to... translator Pascale-Anne Brault and Fordham University press for Barbara Cassin's La Nostalgie.            

Rick Moody, Pascale-Anne Brault and Thomas Lay, acquisitions editor at Fordham University Press, kindly agreed on this occasion to share with us their thoughts on Cassin's book, but also more broadly, on the virtues of translation. Check their speeches here.         

About La Nostalgie

Through a clever and subtle re-reading of the writings of Homer, Virgil, and Hannah Arendt, the philosopher and philologist Barbara Cassin produces an in-depth analysis, at once scholarly and personal, of nostalgia. Where does nostalgia come from? Where do we truly feel at home? Cassin explores the notion that nostalgia has less to do with place and more to do with language.

“[La Nostalgie is] an erudite work in which [Cassin] incites us to make good use of this ambiguous, delightful and sometimes dangerous feeling.” L’Express

Published in France by les Editions Autrement in 2013. To be published in the US by Fordham University press in Spring 2016.

                   

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