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Jhumpa Lahiri awarded the John Florio Prize

Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri has been awarded the 2020 John Florio Prize for translation from the Italian

A biennial award of £2,000 ($2,750) for translations into English of full-length Italian works of literary merit and general interest, awarded by the Society of Authors.

The prize was awarded for Jhumpa Lahiri’s translation of Trick by Domenico Starnone, a National Book Award finalist.

Speaking for the judges, Robert Gordon commented:

“Writer and translator work in powerful harmony here, with Starnone knowingly nodding to Henry James among others, and Lahiri in both her preface and her translation picking up on this, adapting to and reworking the original to make for a rare synergy. Both text and translation are exceptional.”

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