University of Bristol launches a new competition for German to English translation, inviting applicants to submit translations of extracts from Ernst Jünger’s travel writings
Prizes will be awarded to four entries, with a first prize of £400 and one category limited to entries from current undergraduate students. Numerous book prizes will also be awarded. The deadline for submission of entries is 1 July 2013. Entries will be judged by Julian Evans (London), Christophe Fricker (Bristol), Thomas Friese (Vienna), Petra Rau (Norwich), and Robert Vilain (Bristol). More information and an entry form is available at www.ernst-juenger-translation.info.
Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) was one of the most significant writers and thinkers of 20th-century Europe, and is one of the most controversial. He became famous with the publication in 1920 of In Stahlgewittern [Storm of Steel], an account of his experiences in the trenches in the First World War. In the following eight decades Jünger published more than fifty works, including diaries, novels, stories and essays. His novella Auf den Marmorklippen [On the Marble Cliffs, 1939] is a thinly veiled critique of the Nazi regime. Tributes by writers of international stature (including Jorge Luis Borges, Bruce Chatwin, and Heiner Müller), as well as visits from European heads of state and government (such as François Mitterrand, Roman Herzog, Helmut Kohl, and Felipe González) have helped secure Jünger a prominent place in intellectual debates across Europe.
In recent years Ernst Jünger has emerged as a hidden ancestor of contemporary theoretical and societal discussions. Expert and popular audiences across Europe have both contributed to a growing interest in his work. This translation competition aims to promote the study of Jünger’s works in English.