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Translation grants for books by authors from Oceania
Since literature from the Southern hemisphere continues to be sidelined on the literary markets in Europe, the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American literature (a non-profit and non-commercial literary agency closely cooperating with the Frankfurt Book Fair) has developed a programme of translation grants for important fiction books by authors of the Southern Hemisphere.
The programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German government and the Swiss cultural foundation SüdKulturFonds. Since 1984 the German translations of 710 books (novels, short stories, poetry) have been supported. The programme is working on the basis of applications by German language publishers (and not authors or translators); hence, there are also books by African authors available in translation on the German market which have not been supported by this programme. However, more than 20% of all fiction works by African authors published in German translation during the last two decades have received grants under this programme, among them relevant works by eminent authors. The aim of the programme is also to encourage literary discoveries by introducing new African authors to the German readers.
Books having received translation grants (according to the year of the subsidy) :
- Chris Winitana (New Zealand). Legends of Aotearoa. Mythen der Maori. (tr. from Englisch by Anja Welle) MANA Verlag, Berlin, September 2013