The jury of the 2017 European Literature Prize has chosen to award the prize to British author Max Porter and his Dutch translator Saskia van der Lingen for Verdriet is het ding met veren (De Bezige Bij), the Dutch translation of the novel Grief Is the Thing with Feathers.
Jury members praised the ingenuity of the novel, which moves the reader in a highly original way without being sentimental for a moment. They were also impressed by the resourcefulness of the translator, who made use, for example, of the fact that Dutch is rich in bird metaphors. The English ‘Permission to leave’ is translated as ‘Verlof om op te krassen’, literally: permission to caw off. With this prize the jury has chosen to reward an outstanding example of how varied ‘European literature’ can be. It describes the book as ‘a novel you can read five times and discover something new every time’. European Literature Prize
This year the jury was made up of chair Anna Enquist (Christa Widlund), author Niña Weijers, booksellers Janna Navis (Dominicanen, Maastricht) and Lilian Zielstra (Godert Walter, Groningen), and translator Rob Gerritsen (ELP winner 2016).
The European Literature Prize is an initiative of the Dutch Foundation for Literature, academic-cultural centre SPUI125, weekly De Groene Amsterdammer and Athenaeum Booksellers. It is financed by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the Lira Fund and the De Delancey and De la Hanty Foundation.
Ladies and gentleman, after previous confirmations, we’re thrilled to announce the exciting names completing the programme. Among them are Afro-American author Margo Jefferson, who will be part of the BorderKitchen programme, as well as prose and poetry writer and TV maker Abdelkader Benali, who will be reading from his own work. The music scene will be represented by the latest sensation from Belgium, Tamino, French-speaking (and singing) hip hop artist Baloji, hard core-jazz-postpunk crossover Robocobra and widely acclaimed jazz singer Melanie de Biasio. Check out the full line-up here.
Ceremony European Literary Prize at Crossing Border
Roll out the red carpet, cause this year, the European Literary Prize will have its official ceremony on the opening night of Crossing Border… at the Lutheran Church. The European Literature Prize is awarded to a novel that was written in the language of a member country of the European Council and translated into Dutch. The current shortlist consists of the authors László Krasznahorkai, Margaret Mazzantini, Max Porter, Zadie Smith and Juli Zeh. In the next few days, the jury will announce which author and translator will receive the prize on the 2nd of November in The Hague.