Katherine Silver Awarded A 2020 Society of Authors Translation Prize February 15, 2021

Last week, Katherine Silver was announced as the winner of the Society of Authors' 2020 Premio Valle Inclàn Prize for her translation of Julio Ramón Ribeyro's The Word of the Speechless, which was published by NYRB Classics in fall 2019.

From the judges' citation: “This is an astounding book, bringing into English an undeservedly little-known Peruvian writer, whose mastery of tone—there is horror here, resignation, wild humour—is entirely matched by his translator Katherine Silver's skill in finding the right word, the right turn, to carry these complex and world-spinning stories into English.”

Another NYRB translator, Jenny McPhee, was the runner-up of the association's 2020 John Florio Prize for her work on Curzio Malaparte's The Kremlin Ball, published by NYRB Classics in spring 2018.

You can read more about the Society of Author's annual translation prizes by clicking here.