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New board

On April 16th the Gen­er­al Assembly of  Lit­er­ary Trans­la­tion Sec­tion to Bul­gari­an Trans­lat­ors’ Uni­on elec­ted a new board of the sec­tion:

Chair­per­son: Teodora Tzankova

Deputy Chair-persons: Dar­in Tenev, Milena Pop­ova.

The man­date of the board is three years.

Translators’ atelier in Sofia (3–5 June 2016)

The Bul­gari­an Trans­lat­ors’ Uni­on and the Eliza­beth Kostova Found­a­tion for Cre­at­ive Writ­ingannounce the launch of their ‘Trans­lat­ors’ Atelier’ for the sixth con­sec­ut­ive year. The pro­ject is aimed at lit­er­ary trans­lat­ors who are still at an early stage in their pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment, but who are inter­ested in trans­lat­ing lit­er­at­ure from Eng­lish to Bul­gari­an and from Bul­gari­an to Eng­lish. The Trans­lat­ors’ Atelier takes the form of a three-day intens­ive train­ing pro­gramme under the dir­ec­tion of lead­ing spe­cial­ists in lit­er­ary trans­la­tion and includes lec­tures and prac­tic­al sem­inars on the trans­la­tion of texts. Since 2015 it has included a poetry mod­ule along­side prose trans­la­tion and a trans­la­tion slam. Par­ti­cipants who suc­cess­fully fin­ish the Atelier will receive cer­ti­fic­ates from the Bul­gari­an Trans­lat­ors’ Uni­on.

Inauguration of Translators’ Atelier in 2015

Inaug­ur­a­tion of Trans­lat­ors’ Atelier in 2015

The call for applic­a­tions is open until the 9th of May. The Atelier will take place from 3rd to 5th June in Sofia, Bul­garia.

CEATL’s Picture Contest “The Face of Translation”: Help us make literary translators visible!

CEATL, the European Coun­cil of Lit­er­ary Trans­lat­ors’ Asso­ci­ations, is call­ing on ama­teur visu­al artists to cre­ate sparky and clev­er pic­tures reflect­ing the exist­ence and import­ance of lit­er­ary trans­la­tions and trans­lat­ors, their chal­lenges, and their role in lit­er­at­ure. Any tech­nique from pho­to­graphy, draw­ing, print­mak­ing and paint­ing can be used – as well as any top­ic, as long as it is in some way related to lit­er­ary trans­la­tion.

One digit­al pic­ture per par­ti­cipant will be accep­ted. The con­test will be launched on April 23, The World Book Day, and the dead­line will be May 22. A 200-Euro vouch­er for din­ner and books will be awar­ded to the win­ner before Inter­na­tion­al Trans­la­tion Day, Septem­ber 30, 2016.

After the enthu­si­ast­ic response to our pre­vi­ous ‘Trans­la­tion, Every­where’ photo con­test and our ‘Spot the trans­lat­or’ video con­test, CEATL hopes that this new pic­ture con­test will appeal to many bud­ding visu­al artists!

Con­test rules:

  • All entries shall be sub­mit­ted to before 22 May 2016.
  • Only one entry per par­ti­cipant is allowed.
  • If the entry fea­tures any text in a lan­guage oth­er than Eng­lish or French, this text must be trans­lated into Eng­lish and/or French.
  • 300 dpi digit­al photographs/artwork scans (2–3 MB) in JPEG format are accep­ted.
  • CEATL reserves the right to use the win­ning pic­ture to pro­mote lit­er­ary trans­lat­ors, for instance, as the image for CEATL’s Trans­la­tion Day post­card. It is under­stood that the win­ner will give per­mis­sion for their pic­ture to be used for that pur­pose. Should CEATL wish to use oth­er pic­tures for pro­mo­tion­al pur­poses, the per­mis­sion of the artist/artists shall be reques­ted. CEATL will not pass the pic­tures to any third parties oth­er than CEATL mem­ber asso­ci­ations. CEATL will not use the pic­tures for eco­nom­ic profit.
  • CEATL will post all the con­test pic­tures to an open Face­book event page where every­body can ‘like’ their favour­ite one.
  • The CEATL jury will con­sider five pic­tures that col­lect the most likes by May 29, and will choose a win­ner from among them.
  • CEATL mem­ber asso­ci­ations may exhib­it the pic­tures and organ­ize press con­fer­ences pro­mot­ing the win­ning pic­ture.
  • CEATL del­eg­ates and hon­or­ary mem­bers are not allowed to take part in the con­test.
  • The win­ner will be announced in June 2016, and awar­ded a prize of a 200-Euro vouch­er for din­ner and books.
  • Offens­ive pic­tures will be removed from the con­test. The jury has the right not to award the prize, or to split it between two par­ti­cipants in the event of a tie. The jury will not enter into cor­res­pond­ence (or any oth­er con­tact) with par­ti­cipants about its decision.

The novel Dilettant by Tchavdar Moitafov translated into French by Krasimir Kavaldjiev

moutafovThe nov­el Dilet­tant by Bul­gari­an mod­ern­ist writer Tchavdar Mouta­fov has just been pub­lished for the first time in French. The nov­el has been trans­lated by our colleau­gue Krasimir Kavaldjiev. The book has been pub­lished for the first time in 1926 in Bul­garia and is con­sidered emblem­at­ic for Bul­gari­an lit­er­ary mod­ern­ism.

In France the nov­el is pub­lished by Le Soupirail with the sup­port of the Bul­gari­an Nation­al Book Cen­ter under the Nation­al Palace of Cul­ture. Its present­a­tion is sched­uled for Fer­bru­ary 16 in the Bul­gari­an Cul­tur­al Cen­ter in Par­is.


An extract from Dilet­tant fol­lows:


Con­tin­ue read­ing

Iglika Vassileva won the Main Krastan Dyankov Translation Award for 2015

We are pleased to announce that our col­league Iglika Vassil­eva won the main Krastan Dyankov award for her trans­la­tion of the nov­el “The Untouch­able” by John Ban­ville. Our heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions to Iglika Vassil­eva! An excerpt from the nov­el was pub­lished in Dnevnik.

Con­grat­u­la­tions also to Bis­tra Andreeva who was giv­en the spe­cial award for the trans­la­tion of  “Pigeon Eng­lish” by Steven Kel­man.

This year’s judges were: Prof. Amelia Liche­va, Ass. Prof. Vitana Kostadinova and Prof. Vladi­mir Trenda­filov. The award cere­mony took place on 14 Decem­ber 2015 at the Red House Centre for Cul­ture and Debate.

The Krastan Dyankov Trans­la­tion Award is a prize giv­en annu­ally (begin­ning 2007) by Eliza­beth Kostova Found­a­tion for an out­stand­ing trans­la­tion of a nov­el of high lit­er­ary qual­ity from Eng­lish into Bul­gari­an. You can learn more about it here.