Susan Bernofsky, translator of the forthcoming Modern Library edition of Siddhartha, has been awarded the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for Outstanding Translation for her translation of Jenny Erpenbeck's The Old Child & Other Stories (New Directions). The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding translation from German into English published in the United States during the previous year.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the names of 17 authors to receive its 2006 awards in literature. The awards will were presented in New York on May 17th at the Academy's annual Ceremonial. The literature prizes, totaling nearly $125,000, honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Random House winners are as follows:
Foreign Honorary Member: Ian McEwan
Gold Medal for Biography: Robert A. Caro
New Academy Member: Lorrie Moore
E.M. Forster Award: Geoff Dyer
Rome Fellowship in Literature: Tom Bissell
2006 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award: Articles of War by Nick Arvin
Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award: Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey
Academy Awards in Literature: Dan Chaon, Mary Gordon, and Daniel Mark Epstein
Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin were awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for American Prometheus, their biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion was a finalist in this category.
Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky is a remarkable evocation of life and death in occupied France, and the first two parts of a planned five-part novel. It was written in the village of Issy-l'Evêque, where Némirovsky, her husband and two young daughters had settled after fleeing Paris. The manuscripts were kept hidden by her daughters after her death in Auschwitz—now her voice lives on in this devastating masterpiece. Suite Française received a cover review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review on April 9.