The Winners: Claudia Kalscheuer, Marie NDiaye | Photo: Marcus Lieberenz
The authorMarie 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 for "Lost City Radio" (Wagenbach Verlag, 2008).