Dyankov Award Winner for 2008

Translators Iglika Vassileva and Yordan Kostourkov were conferred with the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation's Dyankov Award! Due to the very high quality of the nominated translations the jurors Alexander Shourbanov, Stefan Tafrov, and Vanya Tomova took the unusual decision to award two prizes of 2000$. The winning translations are THE SEA by John Banville translated by Vassileva and THE MESSIAH OF STOCKHOLM by Cynthia Ozick translated by Kostourkov.
Iglika Vassileva is a literary translator, best known for her translations of Virginia Woolf’s works and ULYSSES by James Joyce. Yordan Kosturkov is a writer of fiction, translator and university professor of English and American literature.

We congratulate the winners on their achievements and thank all of the nominees for their continuous contribution to the art of translation!
Dyankov Award reporting for 2008:
Dyankov Translation Award is given annually (beginning 2007) for outstanding translation of a work of literary fiction from English to Bulgarian.
Titles that received at least one nomination and met the Award competition requirements are:
AMERICAN PASTORAL by Philip Roth
Translated by: Elika Rafi
ON BEAUTY by Zadie Smith
Translated by: Nevena Dishlieva-Krusteva
THE BEDROOM SECRETS OF THE MASTER CHEFS by Irwine Welsh
Translated by: Pavel Glavusanov
THE BOOK OF ILLUSIONS by Paul Auster
Translated by: Angel Igov
THE SEA by John Banville
Translated by: Iglika Vassileva
THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS by Kiran Desai
Translated by: Petya Petkova
THE MESSIAH OF STOCKHOLM by Cynthia Ozick
Translated by: Yordan Kosturkov
THE LOLLIPOP SHOES by Joanne Harris
Translated by: Magdalena Kutzarova-Levi
To listen to the Award Ceremony speeches by Elizabeth Kostova, Sherry-Keneson-Hall, Julian Popov, Vanya Tomova, Stefan Tafrov, Damyan Yakov and the winners please visit: www.grosnipelikani.net/modules/Downloads/mp3/03_12_2008.mp3


Krustan Dyankov (1933-1999) was a renowned Bulgarian translator of American literature, who has translated works by authors like John Steinbeck, John Updike, Erskine Caldwell, John Cheever and William Faulkner.