Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival: Tamil translation of French book wins Romain Rolland book prize

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The Tamil translation of the French novel ‘The Pleasure Marriage’ won the Romain Rolland Book Prize at the three-day Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival which ended here on Sunday.

The winners of the award are Translator Dr SA Vengada Soupraya Nayagar and Editor Amutharasan Paulraj from Thadagam
The publishers of the Tamil translation of the book, written by Tahar Ben Jelloun, the organizers said in a statement.

The publisher and translator will be invited by the French Institute in India to the Salon du livre de Paris 2021 (Livre Paris 2021) where India will be the guest of honor. The Romain Rolland Book Prize, launched in 2017, aims to reward the best translation of a French title into any

Indian language including English. An Indo-French jury takes into account the qualities of the translation and the publication. Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Counselor for Education, Science and Culture at the French Embassy and Director of the French Institute in India, said in a statement: “It has now been four years since the Roman Book Prize Rolland was created and we saw talented translators and pragmatic editors rewarded for their work.

“In view of the 2021 Paris Book Fair where India is the flagship country and which will see at least 3 Indian authors and publishers invited to Paris in May 2021 to meet French readers, the French Institute in India is
increasingly working to increase the translation of French books into Indian languages,” he said.

The jury included renowned scholars and experts from France and India, including Annie Montaut, Michle Albaret Maatsch, Renuka George, Sindhuja Veeraragavan, Geetha Krishnankutty and Chinmoy Guha. Along with the winning entry, the shortlist included a Malayalam translation of “Sleeping Memories” and a Hindi translation of “So You Don’t Lose Yourself in the Neighborhood”, according to the statement.

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