2019

 

The Hungarian Translators’ House Foundation


Twenty-First Newsletter


Guests of the Translators' House in 2018 and the works translated:


Yu Zemin (China) Magda Szabó: Az őz (The Fawn); Miłosz Waligórski (Poland) Lajos Grendel: Négy hét az élet; Tähti Schmidt (Finland) Sándor Vály: Egy festő feljegyzései 2011-2016; Daniel Warmuz (Poland) Borisz Kucsov: Félelem és reszketés Szabadkán; Vladimir Szabó (Germany) Béla Hamvas: Mágia szutra; Tereza Worowska (Poland) Dezső Kosztolányi: Short stories; Viktorija Santić (Croatia) László Krasznahorkai: Báró Wenckheim hazatér (‘Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming’); Rachel Mikos (USA / Czech Republic) Gábor Schein: Svéd; Teresa Ruis Rosas (Germany) András Forgách: Élő kötet nem marad (‘No Live Files Remain’ / ‘The Acts of my Mother’); Martin Hrisztov (Bulgaria) Otto Tolnai: Selected poems; Maja Ceszárszkaja (Russia / Hungary) Antal Szerb: Utas és holdvilág (‘Journey by Moonlight’); Siiri Kolka (Estonia) László Krasznahorkai: Satantango; Alexej Lagurev (Russia) György Lukács: Gelebtes Denken; György Buda, Sandra Rétháti (Austria) Eszter Molnár: Poems; Viktorija Santić (Croatia) Miklós Mészöly: Az atléta halála (‘Death of an Athlete’); Rachel Mikos (USA / Czech Republic) Gábor Schein: Svéd (‘Swedish’); Andrej Dosa (Romania) Gábor Vida: Ahol az ő lelke; Yu Zemin (China) László Krasznahorkai: Kegyelmi viszonyok; Rachel Mikos (USA / Czech Republic) Gábor Schein: Svéd (‘Swedish’); Karol Wlachovský (Slovakia) Lajos Grendel: Bukott angyalok; Minnamari Pitkänen (Finland) László Krasznahorkai: Satantango; Marko Cudić (Serbia) Zoltán Danyi: A dögeltakarító; Orsolya Kalász (Germany) Anthology of Hungarian Poetry; Peter Holland (Germany) Hungarian Poetry Anthology; Vyacheslav Szereda (Russia) György Spiró: Diavolina; Mari Alföldy (Netherlands) László Krasznahorkai: Báró Wenckheim hazatér (‘Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming’); Oxana Yakimenko (Russia) János Pilinszky: Beszélgetések Sheryl Suttonnal; Jonka Najdenova (Bulgaria) Polcz Alaine: Asszony a fronton (’One Woman in the War’), Giap Van Chung (Vietnam / Hungary) László Krasznahorkai: Satanango; Anna Scarlat (Romania) István Orosz: A követ és a fáraó; Patrick Mullowney (USA / Hungary) Sándor Bródy: A dada; Violeta Tauragiene (Latvia) Mathia Enard: Boussole, Gabriela Constantin (Romania) Viktor Horváth: Török tükör, Nikolaj Bojkov (Bulgaria) Ádám Nádasdy: Selected Poems, Rachel Mikos (USA / Czech Republic) György Dragomán: Máglya; Vladimir Szabó (German) Béla Hamvas: Mágia szutra; Viktorija Santić (Croatia) László Krasznahorkai: Báró Wenckheim hazatér (‘Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming’), Gábor Gyukics (Hungary / USA) Sixteen Contemporary Hungarian Poets; Kjoszeva (Bulgaria) Krisztina Tóth: Születésnap, Daniel Warmuz (Poland) Zoltán Mihály Nagy: A sátán fattya; Siiri Kolka (Estonia) László Krasznahorkai: Satantango; Magdolna Révész (Germany / Hungary) Andrásfalvi B. - Ángyán J .: A föld magyar sorsa; Martin Hrisztov (Bulgaria) Zita Izsó: Tengerlakó; Yu Zemin (China) Péter Nádas: Parallel Stories, Volume 3.

 

Translation programs and seminars in 2018


In all cases, the aim of the translation seminars is to prepare emerging translators, to assist them in their translation paths. In 2018, thirteen translator seminars were held in different languages. A total of about 80 people participated in the programs. We also help towards the first publication of the best fitted translators by inviting a copy-editor or editor of a journal or publishing house from the given country – consequently the emerging translator becomes acquainted with publishing practices and an editor, while the editor meets new translators. We have managed to invite publishing editors to the Bulgarian, Catalan, Polish, Spanish, French and Romanian seminars. The leaders of the seminars are experienced translators, copy-editors, university lecturers. Some of their joint work (translated poems or short prose, perhaps a play excerpt) has already appeared in journals or books (most recently, for example, Adan Kovacsics’s translation: one of the chapters of Krúdy’s The Adventures of Sindbad, which he had translated together with other participants of the Spanish seminar – A hídon – ‘En el puente’).

From 9 January 2018, the Balassi Institute students of literary translation (Jevgeniia Volnova, Hugo  Szaz Guimaraes, Kareem Gamaleldin, Lukasz Feliksik, Katarzyna Grzywinska, Zuzanna Rote, Carolyn Haythorn, Wu Yu Feng, Anna Bentley, Martina Pillingová) spent one week preparing the first draft of their final piece and writing their translation diaries.

From 29 January to 4 February 2018, the Russian translators’ seminar led by Oxana Jakimeno was attended by the following: Alina Shcheglova, Volnova Yevgeniia, Ludmila Kulagova, Mariia Scherbatykh. They translated Kornél Laboda: Máté pont indul.

The Dutch-Hungarian translators’ seminar was led by Anikó Daróczi, translator, and professor at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, with participants (Imre Gergely, Melissa Csíkszentmihályi, Zsuzsanna Braun, Veronika Máthé, Jaap Faber) translating Gerbrand Brederode's poems and Rogi Wieg's short stories.

At the Neolatin (Catalan, Basque, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) translators’ seminar held 5-8 April 2018, students of various languages participated (Andreea-Isabella Stefan, Lorenzo Marmiroli, Oxel Uriba-Etxebarria Lete, Lucila González Alfaya). They translated to several languages: György Spiró: Az ok, Történet

16-19 April 2018, the following participated in the Slovak translators’ seminar: Lenovo Nagyová, Renata Deáková, Gabriela Magová, Judit Görözdi, Eva Andrejčáková. They translated Pál Závada, Péter Nádas, György Dragomán, Viktor Horváth, Mónika Mesterházi and Krisztina Tóth. The guest was Peter Sherwood.

5-7 May, the Italian translators’ seminar was attended by several students of Hungarian at the University of Rome (Valeria Trasolini, Nicola de Feo, Sara Mandatori, Ester Giliberti, Gabrieke Italiano, Anna Dipierro, Alexandro Brogioni, Claudia Tatasciore, Chiarade Cristofaro, Maria Stella Amatizi, Francesca Ciccariello). Among others, they translated Alíz Mosonyi Magyarmesék and György Spiró: Az ok, Történet

Participants of the Croatian translators’ seminar (Martin Sukalić, David Christmas, Ana Chutura, Ema Sabo, Petar Anić, Davor Činčak, Mihaela Pisnjak, Kristina Katalinić) translated short stories by Sándor Jászberényi on  9-16 May.

The Czech translators’ seminar took place between 25 June and 1 July. (Participants: Eszter Honti, Jirý Novák, Jirý Zeman, Robert Svoboda) Work: Gáspár Nagy: Augusztusban; led by Ludvík Jahn.

2-9 July: The Spanish translators’ seminar (Márta Patak, Veronika Major, Teresa Ruiz Rosas, Adrián Antonio Martinez, Eszter Orbán, Zita Máté, Adan Kovacsics) translated Gábor Gyukics: Kisfa galeri;

10-17 September, the Serbian translators’ seminar (Ana Balog, Gabriella Nagy, Krisztina Pejanović, Sara Rohai, Mina Mastilović, Marko Čudić) translated László Cs. Szabó: Fenyegetett Európa: Belgrádi orgonák

26-31 October, Participants of the V4 translators’ seminar (Adéla Gálová, Eva Andrejčáková, Tóth Ildikó Hizsnyai, Tünde Mészáros, Daniel Warmuz, Anna Matuszak) translated works by János Arany, Dora Kaprálová, Natália Szeifert.

Lorenzo Marmiroli, Italian teacher at the University of Szeged, hosted an Italian translators’ seminar 21-26 November 2018. The participants (Ester Giliberti, Nicola de Feo, and Hungarian students from Szeged) translated the poems of János Arany (Ki vagyok én, Civilizáció, Sejtelem, Dante, Mindvégig) and László Darvasi’s short story: Buta, nagyon buta.

At the Catalan translators’ seminar, 28 November – 3 December, the ballads of János Arany, including A walesi bárdok (‘The Bards of Wales’), were translated by Carles Bartual, Ignasi Farinyes, Krisztina Nemes, Montserrat Bayà, Kata Varju, Carles Dachs, Gemma Medina (led by Dóra Bakucz).

In December, the editorial office of Versum held a working meeting for some days at the Translators’ House.

 

Translation News


Árpád Vickó, the Serbian translator, was awarded the Balassi Prize for Literary Translation 2017, which was presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 28 September 2018 in the hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The poet Ottó Tolnai gave a speech.

Publishing Hungary, working within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Balassi Institute, supported the translators’ seminars organized by the Translation House. We express our thanks here, too.

The winner of the translation competition for the National Library of Foreign Literature was Réka Havassy in 2018. She won a special prize of the translators’ house: one week in our house in Balatonfüred, which she will enjoy in April 2019. Last year's winner Judit Bódai-Soós spent a week in the house in May 2018.

With the support of the János Arany Memorial Committee, translation of the poet’s works were a special program that began in autumn 2018 and ends in late April 2019. Individuals and groups have been pleased to read poems, and they are expected to produce Golden Translations in about twenty languages.

 

Events, News


On February 6 2019, Iwasaki Etsuko died. She was a Japanese translator and a much-loved guest at the Translators’ House. She was 75 years old. Important translations: Ferenc Molnár: Pál utcai fiúk, (‘Pál Street Boys’), Imre Kertész: Sorstalanság (‘Fatelessness’), István Örkény: Rózsakiállítás (‘The Flower Show’), György Konrád: A városalapító (‘The City Builder’), Éva Janikovszky: Málnaszörp és szalmaszál. She also translated many Hungarian short stories into Japanese.

The Translators’ House celebrated its 20th anniversary in January 2018. We commemerated this during the 20th jubilee garden party. About fifty large photos of the typical events of the last two decades were hung around the outside of the house. In the Füred Translators’ Pamphlet this time, three authors: Renátó Fehér, Natália Szeifert and József Takáts were translated into 14 languages in total ​​by twenty-three translators. The authors and some translators recited their works. The exhibition artist was Gábor Gerhes. The Mihály Dresch trio provided musical entertainment for the celebration. After the intellectual exertion of a quiz game, the goulash artists (Márta Józsa and Péter Bozsik, as usual) served up their memorable work.

In the summer, we finished the painting of the exterior facade of the building of the house, due to council funding in part. We express our thanks.

On 13 November, Lóczy Lajos Grammar School and 30 graduate students from St. Benedict's High School were introduced to the Translators’ House, as organized by Boglárka Sábitzné Mészáros and Nóra Király of the Arács Culture Centre.

In the second half of the year, we managed to ensure the smooth operation of the Translators’ House. We thank all our supporters for understanding the strategic importance of translating Hungarian literature into other languages.

Precipitation for the year 2018 from the garden (mm): January: 24, February: 83, March: 108, April: 28, May: 58, June: 108, July: 92, August: 60, September: 131, October: 27, November: 51 , December: 14, total: 784.

The following press agencies reported on events held at the Translators’ House in 2018: Füred TV, Tempevölgy, Napló, Magyar Rádió, Élet és Irodalom, Homo Hispanisticus, Magyar Narancs.

 

The following works translated in the House were published in 2018


Szilárd Borbély. Final Matters, Selected Poems: 2004-2010, in English (Rachel Mikos); Ottó Tolnai: Édes káosz (selected poems), Zita Izsó: Tengerlakó (poems), in Bulgarian (Martin Hrisztov); Sándor Vály: Naplójegyzések 2011-2016, in Finnish (Tähti Schmidt); Mátyás Szöllősi: Váltóáram (excerpt); Krisztina Tóth: one poem (Orte), in German (György Buda); Márai Sándor: Diary 1967-76, in Polish (Tereza Worowska); Borisz Kucsov: Félelem és reszketés, (eleWator, 2/2018) in Polish (Daniel Warmuz); Péter Eötvös - Pedro Amaral: Parlando-Rubato, in German (Sandra Rétháti); Lajos Grendel: Tartalmas bőröndök and Kálmán Mikszáth: The Town in Black, in Slovak (Karol Wlachovszký); Contemporary Hungarian Drama - (edited and translated by O. Yakimenko) - Béla Pintér: Sütemények királynője, Csaba Mikó: Apátlanság and Szabolcs Hajdú: Ernelláék Farkaséknál (‘It’s Not the Time of My Life’); Sándor Jászberényi: Arabot ölni (‘To Kill An Arab’) (short story) (Intostrán literatura № 5, 2018); ‘Geography: Hungary’ (contemporary Hungarian literature) https://prochtenie.org/geo/29529 in Russian (Oxana Yakimenko); Ádám Nadasdy: A vastagbőrű mimóza, István Orosz: Sakkparti a szigeten, György Spiró: Diavolina, all three in Russian (Wjacseszlaw Szereda); Endre Ady: Sixty-Four Poems, in English (Donal Gordon), Gyula Krúdy: A hídon, in: Szindbád, Spanish (Adan Kovacsics and Spanish Translators’ Seminar); Ernő Szép: Emberszag (excerpt) http://zeszytyliterackie.com/zeszyty-literackie-nr-138.html; Sándor Márai: A négy évszak, in Croatian (Viktorija Santić); Balázs Zagoni: The Book of Barni, in English (Jozefina Komporaly);

 

Sponsors, grants


The operation of the house was supported by: Ministry of Human Resources, Balatonfüred Town Council - special thanks, Probio Rt., János Arany Memorial Committee, Summa Artium Culture Support Nonprofit Kft.

Grant donations: Ministry of Human Capacities, Balatonfüred Town Council, Publishing Hungary, Katalin Csonkáné Rácz, János Arany Memorial Committee, Summa Artium Culture Support Nonprofit Kft.

Our programs were supported by: Ministry of Human Capacities, János Arany Memorial Committee, Summa Artium Culture Support Nonprofit Ltd., Publishing Hungary.

Our library has been expanded by: Ministry of Human Capacities, private individuals, Gábor Lipták Town Library, Balatonfüred.

 

Applications: translators can apply for residency to the Hungarian Translators’ House Foundation address with a translation into another language of Hungarian literary works, and Hungarian art and social scientific works. The application must be accompanied by a work plan, a CV, a publication list and (preferably) a publishing contract. The scholarship is 180,000Ft for one month. The residency may last 2-4-6-8 weeks.

 

We would like to thank the following individuals and institutions:


Éva Szabó, Krisztián Tóbiás, Zoltán Kosler, Ágnes Füle, Zoltán Jeney, Yu Zemin, Károly Klimó, Andrea Andócs, Zoltán Bakos and his wife, Péter Balasko, Erzsébet Bertókné Ticz, László Bitó, Péter Bozsik, dr. István Bóka, Olivia Carino, László Cserép, Kata Csorba, György Dragomán, the translators of the Füred Translators’ Pamphlet, Dániel Fürst, Eszter Götz, József Kling, Kari Kemény, Lorenzo Marmirolli, Judit Hammerstein, Katalin Hanusovszky, Zsuzsa Hetényi, András Jékey, Józsa Márta, artists (who leant their works), Katalin Kerekes, Kinga Klaudy, Márta Kovalovszky, Péter Kovács, István Ladányi, Zsuzsanna Szabó, Tibor Martinovics, Bence Nagy, Attila Schmidt, Endre Farkas, István Mátra, Sára Mega, Rachel Mikos , Bernadett Nagy, János Szakács, Probio Rt .: László Somogyi, Tibor Pádár; Gergely Pröhle, Ágnes Rácz, Judit Rácz, Júlia Rácz, Rebecca Rácz, Boglárka Mészáros, István Széles and Ildikó Firczi, Kinga Szokács, Árpád Vickó, Katalin Vida, Virág Bognár Agota, Karol Wlachovský, Teresa Worowska. Gabi Nagy, Viktória Gian, Kinga Pallos, Eszter Joós, Károly Szamosfalvi, Zsuzsa Szamosfalviné Bocsor, Katalin Csonkáné Rácz, Gábor Lipták Town Library: Barnabás Poór (Mikrocomp Kft.), Anita Tihanyi, Daniel Warmuz, Kristóf Tihanyi, Kristóf Rácz, Saskia Rácz, Maaike van Groenestyn, Sarolta Vlasics.

 

We are glad to receive any donations:

grants (you can also specify the nationality of the beneficiaries if you or your company offer grants for one, two, three or more months)

books (agreed in advance: dictionaries, encyclopoeidias, Hungarian literary works)

 

 

 

 

Closed on February 15 2019.

Translated by Owen Good

 

Contact address, relevant information:

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Hungarian Translators' House

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