Jan 1–Dec 31, 2010
International Literature Award - Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2010
The literatures of the world are the focus of the award for international prose literature in a first German translation. Last year the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Stiftung Elementarteilchen presented the award for the first time.
The author Marie NDiaye and her translator Claudia Kalscheuer won the award for Drei starke Frauen, (Orig: Trois Femmes Puissantes), published by Suhrkamp Verlag in 2010.
The highly endowed award - €25,000 goes to the author and €10,000 to the translator - draws attention to contemporary literature across the globe and pays tribute to the mediatory role played by literary translators. The award acknowledges contemporary international narrative voices, particularly from countries within Africa, Asia, Central and South America, which move between the worlds and literatures of a globalized world and "transfer" it in a literary form. In 2009, the Peruvian author Daniel Alarcón and his translator Friederike Meltendorf won the first International Literature Award – Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2010 for Lost City Radio (Wagenbach Verlag, 2008).