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PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize

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The PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize is an annual award given to outstanding translations into the English language. It has been presented annually by PEN American Center and the Book of the Month Club since 1963.

The distinction comes with a cash prize of USD $3,000. Any book-length English translation published in the United States during the year in question is eligible, irrespective of the residence or nationality of either the translator or the original author.

The award is separate from the similar PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.


YearTranslatorBook and authorLanguage
2008Margaret Jull CostaThe Maias by Eça de QueirósPortuguese
2007Sandra SmithSuite Française by Irène NémirovskyFrench
2006Philip GabrielKafka on the Shore by Haruki MurakamiJapanese
2005Tim WilkinsonFatelessness by Imre KertészHungarian
2004Margaret Sayers PedenSepharad by Antonio Muñoz MolinaSpanish
2003R.W. FlintThe Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare PaveseItalian
2002Richard Pevear and Larissa VolokhonskyAnna Karenina by Leo TolstoyRussian
2001Tiina NunnallyThe Cross by Sigrid UndsetNorwegian
2000Richard SieburthSelected Writings by Gérard de NervalFrench
1999Michael HofmannThe String of Pearls by Joseph RothGerman
1998Peter ConstantineSix Early Stories by Thomas MannGerman
1997Arnold PomeransThe Letters of Vincent Van GoghDutch
1996Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare CavanaghView With a Grain of Sand by Wisława SzymborskaPolish
1995Burton WatsonSelected Poems of Su Tung-p'oChinese
1994Bill Zavatsky and Zack RogowEarthlight by André BretonFrench
1993Thomas HoisingtonThe Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom by Ignacy KrasickiPolish
1992David RosenbergThe Poet's BibleHebrew
1991Richard Pevear and Larissa VolokhonskyThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoevskyRussian
1990William WeaverFoucault's Pendulum by Umberto EcoItalian
1989Matthew WardThe Stranger by Albert CamusFrench
1988Madeline Levine and Francine ProseA Scrap of Time by Ida FinkPolish
1987John E. WoodsPerfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick SüskindGerman
Barbara BrayThe Lover by Marguerite DurasFrench
Dennis TedlockPopul Vuh: The Mayan Book of the Dawn of LifeQuiché
Helen R. LaneThe War at the End of the World by Mario Vargas LlosaSpanish
Seamus HeaneySweeney AstrayIrish
1984William WeaverThe Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoItalian
1983Richard WilburFour Comedies: The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, The Learned Ladies, The School for Wives by MolièreFrench
1982Hiroaki Sato and Burton WatsonFrom the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese PoetryJapanese
1981John E. WoodsEvening Edged in Gold by Arno SchmidtGerman
1980Charles SimicHomage to the Lame Wolf by Vasco Popa
1979Charles WrightThe Storm and Other Poems by Eugenio MontaleItalian
1979Adrienne FoulkeOne Way or Another by Leonardo SciasciaItalian
1977Gregory RabassaThe Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García MárquezSpanish
1976Richard HowardA Short History of Decay by E. M. CioranFrench
1975Helen R. LaneCount Julian by Juan GoytisoloSpanish
1974Hardie St. Martin and Leonard MadesThe Obscene Bird of Night by José DonosoSpanish
1973J. P. McCulloughThe Poems of Sextus PropertiusLatin
1972Richard Winston and Clara WinstonLetters of Thomas MannGerman
1971Max HaywardHope Against Hope by Nadezhda MandelstamRussian
1970Sidney AlexanderThe History of Italy by Francesco GuicciardiniItalian
1969W. S. MerwinSelected Translations 1948-1968Various
1968Vladimir Markov and Merrill Sparks (eds.)Modern Russian PoetryRussian
1967Harriet de OnisSagarana by João Guimarães RosaPortuguese
1966Geoffrey Skelton and Adrian MitchellMarat/Sade by Peter WeissGerman
1965Joseph BarnesThe Story of a Life by Konstantin PaustovskyRussian
1964Ralph ManheimThe Tin Drum by Günter GrassGerman
1963Archibald ColquhounThe Viceroys by Federico de RobertoItalian

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