Excerpts from the Winning Manuscripts of the 2017 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

PEN America is thrilled to showcase the work of recipients of the 2017 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants and the inaugural winner of the PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature. These projects—chosen from the 224 applications received in a wide array of languages of origin, genres, and time periods—will receive a grant of $3,870 to assist in its completion. The inaugural winner of the Italian Literature grant will receive a $5,000 grant.

Below are excerpts from the winning projects introduced by the translators themselves. Publishers and editors who wish to express an interest in any of these projects are invited to contact PEN America Literary Awards at [email protected] for the translators’ contact information. 

from The Palimpsests

Given my devotion to sex, I followed Hemingway to the white continent, where, due to the dearth of places in veterinary sciences, I enrolled in Antarctic philology studies. More

from The Arab

It doesn’t matter how many times I tell her—she’s simply incapable of cooking just a few things when she has visitors. More

from I Didn’t Talk

Dances, kisses, claps: The homage my daughter made to the dead. Maybe in a park I wouldn’t be able to tolerate our daughter’s mockery, but on hallowed ground… More

from A Parade

the cat is the perfect serendipity of a moment, ashy undulation, heavy sluggish eyes, a couple of idle legs and illusory smell, all of it strangely seductive… More

from Wûf

I walked and walked, but came across not a crumb of kindness to be my comfort. In the end I latched onto the tail of a pack… More