Aurora Borealis Prize 2011 for Outstanding Translation of Non-fiction Literature is awardet to M.
Rodolfo Alpízar Castillo
Address of Werner Richter, jury chair
My fellow jurors and me had to pick a winner from among six most promising candidates who all had a record of great non-fiction translations. So it took us an interesting and healthy debate … and quite a while … to agree upon a name - and the winner is:
… our Cuban colleague Rodolfo Alpízar Castillo, who is not only a translator but also one of the most prominent linguists and terminologists in Cuba. He has been teaching translation and specialised writing in a dozen different Latin American countries, so some people here might know him very well. Apart from belonging to the Writers and Literature Translators Section of the Cuban Writers and Artists Union and numerous other functions, Rodolfo is a founding member of the Asociación Cubana de Traductores e Interpretes, whose president and vice-president he used to be, and currently he is president of their Ethics Commission. Apart from writing short stories and novels which have been published in Cuba, Spain and Portugal…
But it is for his non-fiction translations that we awarded him the Aurora Borealis Prize, and he certainly has a nice list to show here. Rodolfo Alpízar Castillo, who usually translates from Portuguese to Spanish, has done books about, among other subjects:
- Modern slavery, i.e. the debt-based hardships of Brazilian peasants
- The development of Brazilian citizenship
- The relationship between the US and Latin America
- Che Guevara's role in modern Cuba
On the whole and comparing his work to the equally awardable translations of the runners-up, the jury felt that Rodolfo's translation record was most worthy of the Aurora Borealis Prize, so we hope those Northern Lights will shine down on him wherever he is - probably a lot further south to see them - because he cannot accept the award in person.
Jury: Bente Christensen (Norway), Markku Päkkilä (Finland), Denis Louis Bousquet (Canada), Henry Liu (New Zealand), Werner Richter (Austria), chair
Photo : Werner Richter, Silvana Marchetti, Marion Boers
© Photos courtesy of Jørgen Christian Wind Nielsen, Wind Kommunikation, Denmark