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Teju Nilsson Translation

Congrats to Teju Cole! The German translation of his critically-acclaimed novel Open City won the 2013 International Literary Prize, a German award given to the best german translation of an international work. Cole goes home with the 25,000 euro prize while the translator Christine Richter-Nilsson gets 10, 000 euros.

Cole is a Nigerian-American author living in New York. Open City is his second book and tells the story of a Nigerian psychiatrist living in New York.  He is presently working on a non-fictional narrative about the city of Lagos.

Christine Richter-Nilsson has had lots of experience translating from English and Swedish to German, but Open City is her first novel translation. In addition to being an accomplished dramaturgist, Nilsson is a doctoral student in the Department of German and Slavic Studies at Vanderbilt University.

 

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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  1. Tomide Olukuade 2013/06/04 at 12:30 #

    Great feat this is. Teju’s creative intellection is worthy of more wins. Congratulations to potent words in a moderate body.

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