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2017.12.05 English Version of "Yuki No Renshusei" Wins Inaugural Warwick Prize
On November 15, 2017, it was announced that "Memoirs of a Polar Bear" was selected for the inaugural Warwick Prize for Women in Translation, conferred by the University of Warwick in England. Author Yoko Tawada’s original Japanese version of the book had been published under the title of "Yuki No Renshusei" by Shinchosha Publishing in 2011, and awarded the Noma Literary Prize in the same year.

According to the University of Warwick, the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation was founded with an aim to “address the gender imbalance in translated literature,” and “increase the number of international women’s voices accessible by a British and Irish readership.” There were 58 entries this year. To meet the criteria for review, entries had to be English translations, published by a UK or Irish publisher, of works originally written by female authors. The translator could be of either gender.

Yoko Tawada has been living in Germany since 1982, and has authored numerous works in Japanese and in German. She has been a recipient of a wealth of Japanese awards, and in 2016, became the first Japanese person to win Germany’s Kleist Prize.

The translator of "Memoirs of a Polar Bear" was Susan Bernofsky. The English version is not a direct translation of "Yuki No Renshusei," but of its German version, "Etüden im Schnee." Tawada herself translated the original Japanese book into German, and this was published in 2014. 

The University of Warwick's new literary translation prize was only founded this year, but already seems to be attracting interesting works by international female writers. It might be worth keeping an eye on as a great opportunity to encounter new works you didn't know about.

For details, please visit:
 
https://hametuha.com/news/article/24757/

https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/warwick_announces_the/

http://yokotawada.de/

https://www.waseda.jp/culture/news/2016/11/21/2731/