Translator Edith Grossman will receive the 2019 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature from translation advocacy organization Words Without Borders.
Grossman is the translator-of-record for many of the most important Spanish-language authors, including Miguel de Cervantes, Gabriel García Márquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa.
“In a career that spans over half a century—translating, teaching the art of translation, and advocating for the value of translators—Edie has truly shown us all why translation matters,” said Words Without Borders board chair Samantha Schnee.
The Ottaway is just the latest in a string of prizes Grossman has been awarded, including the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, awarded by the King of Spain Felipe VI.
She will be presented with the award at the Words Without Borders Gala on October 29, 2019 in New York City.