Damion Searls wins the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for 'Anniversaries' May 07, 2019

Congratulations to Damion Searls who has won the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his translation of Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gessine Cresspahl by Uwe Johnson.

"Searl's translation of this monumental work—which has been compared to the writings of Joyce, Faulkner, and Balzac—is the first complete edition of this novel in English," wrote the judges in their citation. "His sparkling translation captures the dizzying swirl of events, from the quotidian to the earth-shattering, with meticulous, acoustically spellbinding prose, and makes for riveting reading throughout its nearly 1,700 pages."

The Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize is funded by the Goethe-Institut New York.

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