20 foreigners win 9th Special Book Award of China

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A press conference for the 9th Special Book Award of China was held in Beijing on Tuesday. [Photo/Xinhua]

A press conference for the 9th Special Book Award of China was held in Beijing on Tuesday. [Photo/Xinhua]

The press conference of the 9th Special Book Award of China was held in Beijing on Tuesday. Twenty Sinologists from 16 countries won the prize from among 177 candidates.

The national-level award was set up by General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) in 2005 for foreign writers, translators or publishers who made contributions in popularizing Chinese books, or promoting cultural exchanges between China and the world. At the award's 10th anniversary, GAPP increased the number of winners from 10 to 15, set up a Youth Award for five winners and expanded the scope of candidates.

Winners of the award include Australian Sinologist and writer Colin Patrick Mackerras, Australian translator and professor of Sinology John Makeham, Canadian writer Lisa Carducci, Chinese French translator and writer Francois Cheng, French Sinologist Joël Bellassen, German Sinologist Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer, Dutch translator and Sinologist Wilt Idema, Laotian writer Keo Mackaphonh, Mongolian translator and professor Menerel Chimedtseye, Polish publisher Adam Marszalek, Russian Sinologist and translator Leonard Perelomov, Slovakian translator Marina Čarnogurská, Spanish publisher Angel Fernandez, American publisher Robert Baensch and American Sinologist Guy Salvatore Alitto.

In addition, Egyptian publisher Ahmed Sayyid, Chinese-Burmese translator Guang Min, Hungarian translator Zombory Klara, Jordanian writer and translator Samir Ahmed and American translator Eric Abrahamsen won the Youth Award.

Even now, most foreign readers know little about Chinese contemporary literature. In an recent interview with the Beijing Times well-know writers such as Yu Hua and Xu Zechen complained that it is difficult to find Chinese literary works in bookstores abroad. In this case, foreign translators and publishers perform an important role in cultural exchange.

Zhang Zehui, deputy director of the Import Management Division in GAPP, said at the press conference that along with "Mandarin fever" and "China fever" around the world, more foreign translators, publishers and writers are making contributions on culture exchanges between China and the world, so they increased the number of winners as an encouragement.

Eric Abrahamsen said at the conference that he decided to stay in Beijing in 2001, and worked as an English editor for a Chinese literature magazine. He hoped to let more people in Western countries learn more about the real situation in Chinese literature.

"Chinese publishing companies want to expand their overseas influence, but foreign publishing companies know little about Chinese literature. So we are just the power to help them," he said.

Canadian writer Lisa Carducci speaks at the news conference. [Photo/China.com.cn]

Canadian writer Lisa Carducci speaks at the news conference. [Photo/China.com.cn]

Lisa Carducci, who won a national-level French award with her translation of Wolf Totem, also said in the conference that she enjoyed her work and life in China very much.

"China is my motherland right now. I feel like I'm home when I stay in China. I hope to help other foreigners know more about Chinese people and Chinese culture, and make them feel happy when they are in China, just like what I feel," she said.

Zombory Klara, the translator of Mo Yan, Yu Hua and several noted Chinese contemporary writers' work, said that since Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, more Hungarian readers are paying attention to Chinese contemporary literature, but there aren't enough translated works to meet their needs.

"In the past, many readers in my country knew nothing about Chinese contemporary writers. They only knew several classic writers like Lu Xun and Lao She. Now, with my translation works and works by my professors and other translators, Hungarian readers meet a new and different world, the world of China. Many readers are deeply attracted by the fancy words and interesting stories by Chinese writers," she said.

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