Lit­er­ary prize given for trans­la­tion work

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

FAYET­TEVILLE — A $10,000 lit­er­ary prize has been split be­tween a Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville grad­u­ate stu­dent and the French au­thor whose work he trans­lated.

The Al­ber­tine Prize, a new award for English trans­la­tions of con­tem­po­rary fic­tion writ­ten in French, has been given to the nov­el­ist writ­ing un­der the pseu­do­nym Antoine Volo­dine and to trans­la­tor J.T. Ma­hany for Bardo or Not Bardo.

The award is pre­sented by the Cul­tural Ser­vices of the French Em­bassy and jew­eler Van Cleef & Ar­pels.

Ma­hany is a mas­ter of fine arts stu­dent in UA’s Pro­gram in Cre­ative Writ­ing and Trans­la­tion.

“We’re tremen­dously proud of J.T.’s ac­com­plish­ment and ex­cited for the spot­light that it shines on lit­er­ary trans­la­tion,” Dorothy Stephens, chair­man of UA’s English depart­ment, said in a state­ment.

Ma­hany, 27, said that when he was grow­ing up, his fam­ily spoke only English. He said he be­gan learn­ing French in high school, then en­rolled as a mas­ter’s stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Rochester in New York and worked as an in­tern for Open Let­ter, a part of the uni­ver­sity and pub­lisher of Volo­dine trans­la­tions, among other works.

“He’s very tal­ented and has an ear for the lan­guage,” said Chad Post, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pub­lisher.

Ma­hany said he re­ceived $2,000 of the prize and trav­eled to New York in June to re­ceive the award.

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