Growing Support for Translated Literature: Background information when reading Winter in Sokcho

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Winter in Sokcho

by Elisa Dusapin

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Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Dusapin
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Growing Support for Translated Literature

This article relates to Winter in Sokcho

Booker Prize logo atop stack of books recognized for international prize in 2021In 2007, the University of Rochester launched Three Percent, an online database that aimed to strengthen support for translated literature within the US market, supplementing the work of their translation press, Open Letter — publisher of Elisa Dusapin's Winter in Sokcho. The project was a response to reports at the time that a mere three percent of books published in the US were works in translation. But how have things changed since then?

It does seem that respect for the value of translated literature is growing within the industry itself, slowly but surely. Though an early form of the International Booker Prize was established in 2005, for example, it was initially awarded just once every two years to an author for their entire body of work. In 2016, the prize was significantly revamped. Mirroring the primary Booker Prize (a prestigious award given annually to "the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom"), the international...

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