Mexico creates Tomas Segovia Prize to honour literary translations

On October 29, 2012 by MexicoToday

The Tomas Segovia award is the newest Mexican literary prize to be created by Conaculta, the National Culture and Arts Council of Mexico. The prize recognises translations that “bring the Hispanic literary tradition to other languages” and is the first award to bear the name of Spanish-born Mexican author, translator and poet, Tomas Segovia (1927-2011). The president of Conaculta, Consuelo Saizar, explained in a recent press conference in the western city ofGuadalajarathat the award recognises the work of professionals translated from Spanish to another language and works in other languages translated to Spanish. According to the Mexican financial daily El Economista, the first edition of the prize will honour professionals who translate works from other languages to the Spanish language. According to president of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, Raul Padilla, in addition to a US$100,000 cash prize, award recipients will be able to have their translated works on display at a variety of book fairs.

The literary translation prize honours the work of Segovia, who brought universal works such as Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and Victor Hugo’s religious epic “Dieu” (God) to Spanish readers, Padilla said. The prize is financed in partnership with the Guadalajara International Book Fair, where the award will be given for the first time in November of this year, and Fondo de Cultura Economica,Mexico’s leading publishing house. Cultural or educational institutions, associations or publishing groups can make nominations until Oct. 29.

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