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Professor Dolors Udina receives the National Culture Award

06 Jun 2023
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Dolors Udina, former professor of the Department of Translation and Interpreting & East Asian Studies at the UAB and now retired, was recently awarded the National Culture Award. The Catalan Government's National Council of Culture and the Arts (CoNCA) bestowed this honour on her "for her excellent work as a literary translator, particularly from the English language into Catalan", as well as for "her career in teaching and her contribution to preparing a generation of translators".

Dolors Udina guanya el Premi Nacional de Cultura

Professor Udina holds a BA in Modern and Contemporary History. Throughout her career, she has directed several literary translation workshops in libraries across Barcelona and since 2005, she is member of the Board of Editors of the journal on translation Quaderns. Revista de traducció. She forms part of the Jordi Arbonès Chair since its founding in 2003, and is member of the Contemporary Catalan Translation Study Group. As a participant of the Translation and Literature Workshops she has presented papers on Jordi Arbonès and translating while in exile. She was also in charge of presenting the workshops in 2010, dedicated to writer Joan Sales. Her lines of research are dedicated to the study and practice of translation from English into Catalan from 1939 to 2000.

She has translated authors as important as Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, Toni Morrison, Raymond Carver and Alice Munro. In 2008 she won the Esther Benítez Prize for her adaptation into Catalan of Diary of a Bad Year by J. M. Coetzee, and in 2014 she won the Serra d'Or Critical Translation Prize for Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. In 2018 she was awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi by the Generalitat de Catalunya, as well as the Ciutat de Barcelona Prize for her translation into Catalan of the novel The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley. In 2019 she was awarded the National Prize for the Work of a Translator by the Ministry of Culture.

Professor Udina received one of this year's five National Culture Awards by the CoNCA. The other awards went to singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat, clown Alba Sarraute, painter Joan-Pere Viladecans and the Festival Eufònic de les Terres de l'Ebre. The awards were announced at a ceremony held on 2 June in Barcelona.

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