Friday, October 14, 2011

American Scandinavian Foundation Awards Annual Translation Prize to Michael Meigs (ALT) for excerpts from Lars Gustafsson's novel The Dean

American Scandinavian Foundation Centennial

Edward P. Gallagher, president of the American Scandinavian Foundation, writes to advise that excerpts from the translation by Michael Meigs of Lars Gustafsson's novel The Dean, with action situated in Austin and the Big Bend region, have been selected as the winning entry in the Foundation's 32nd annual Translation Prize.

The judges praised the translation, commenting, "With great confidence and flair this elegant translation conveys the ironic tone of the narrator in Lars Gustafsson's The Dean, capturing perfectly the pretensions and insecurities of the main characters as well as the social context of contemporary academic life."

The Translation Prize includes a $2,000 award, a bronze medallion and the publication of an excerpt from the translation in an upcoming issue of the ASF's journal Scandinavian review. is currently publishing excerpts from the novel, as authorized by Prof. Gustafsson and his literary agent. Already available: Chapter One and Chapter Two.

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