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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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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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  1. Tomide Olukuade June 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    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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