Philip Roughton’s translation of The Heart of Man, by Jón Kalman Stefánsson has been shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2016, the first time that the Prize will have been awarded since the sad death of its creator and benefactor, Lord Weidenfeld, earlier this year.
The Heart of Man is a profound exploration of love, life and desire, set against the vast wilderness of the far north, and written in the tradition of the sagasmiths of old. It is the third and final title in Stefánsson’s epic trilogy, (previous titles are Heaven and Hell and The Sorrow of Angels).
Philip Roughton is an academic and award-winning translator of Icelandic literature, currently residing in Reykjavík. His translations include works by many of Iceland’s best-known writers, including the Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness, Bergsveinn Birgisson, Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, and others. He was recently awarded the 2015 American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Competition Prize, for his translation of Halldór Laxness’ novel Gerpla (Wayward Heroes).
The Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize honours the craft of translation and recognises the cultural importance of book-length literary translations into English from any living European language. The winner will be announced at a prize-giving at St Anne’s College, Oxford, as part of the programme of Oxford Translation Day on Saturday, 11th June. Shortlisted translators will read from and discuss their work, and a full list of all the other events, workshops and talks taking place can be found here.
Our warmest congratulations go to Philip, and to his fellow shortlistees:
- Paul Vincent and John Irons for 100 Dutch-Language Poems (Holland Park Press)
- John Cullen for Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation (Oneworld)
- Stephen Pearl for Ivan Goncharov’s The Same Old Story (Alma Classics)
- Don Bartlett for Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle (Harvill Secker)
- Shaun Whiteside for Charles Lewinsky’s Melnitz (Atlantic Books)
- Lola M. Rogers for Sofi Oksanen’s When the Doves Disappeared (Atlantic Books)
- Lisa C. Hayden for Eugene Vodolazkin’s Laurus (Oneworld)