WELCOME This autumn’s book season is upon us and Danish Literary Magazine highlights some new books that show where Danish literature is ‘at’ right now. Works, which already seem set for distinction, and others that we feel deserve recognition beyond Denmark’s shores, are presented in this issue.
But before it can go global, Danish literature has to be translated – and translated well.
Only via a host of dedicated translators can Danish literature take flight, by way of their literary and linguistic expertise and also their knowledge of the source and target cultures.
In the next few years, the Danish Arts Foundation plans to focus on these translators in a
number of ways.
Partly via the establishment of a summer school in Copenhagen, the idea is to help
translators develop their full potential, both linguistically and professionally. The creation of national networks, meanwhile, will facilitate translator interaction, including contact between novice and highly experienced translators; not just for the exchange of ideas but also for professional gatherings, including publishers in the relevant countries. Language and cultural seminars, author sessions, or needs expressed at local level, are the type of things envisaged.
The DAF is actively looking for ways to financially support and advice in the setting up of
national networks. Support is also available for translation master classes, via specific grant pools, and also in conjunction with other agencies – most recently with BCLT (British Centre for Literary Translation). The Danish Arts Foundation is also backing a Ph.D. student in London who is researching many aspects of Danish-English translation.
Read all about these exciting initiatives and support options at www.danisharts.dk. But
before that, enjoy this issue of Danish Literary Magazine and news of this season’s inspiring works – just waiting to be translated. Annette Bach EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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Published on Oct 1, 2014
Published on Oct 1, 2014
This autumn’s book season is upon us and Danish Literary Magazine highlights some new books that show where Danish literature is ‘at’ right...