The Icelandic Translators’ Prize

The President of Iceland hands out this prize on the International Day of the Book in April each year. The prize is hosted by the Icelandic Association of Translators and Interpreters, with the support of The Writer’s Union of Iceland and the Association of Icelandic Publishers.

2018

Nominations

Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir and Hildur Hákonardóttir: Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Dimma)
Gyrðir Elíasson: Sorgin í fyrstu persónu (Grief in the First Person) by Ko Un (Dimma)
Jón St. Kristjánsson: Doktor Proktor og gullránið mikla (Doctor Proktor and the Great Gold Robbery) and Getur doktor Proktor bjargað jólunum? (Can Doctor Proktor Save Christmas?) by Jo Nesbø (Forlagið)
María Rán Guðjónsdóttir: Veisla í greninu (A Party in the Burrow) by Juan Pablo Villalobos (Angústúra)
Soffía Auður Birgisdóttir: Orlandó by Virginiu Woolf (Opna)

2017

Hallgrímur Helgason: Óþelló (Othello) by William Shakespeare

Nominations

Árni Óskarsson: Fjársjóðseyjan (Treasure Island) by Robert Louis Stevenson
Áslaug Agnarsdóttir, Bragi Ólafsson, Magnús Sigurðsson, Olga Hołownia and Óskar Árni Óskarsson: Neyðarútgangur (Selected Poetry) by Ewa Lipska
Ófeigur Sigurðsson: Verndargripur (Amuleto) by Roberto Bolaño
Sölvi Björn Sigurðsson and Sigurður Pálsson: Uppljómanir & Árstíð í helvíti (Illuminations & Une saison en enfer) by Arthur Rimbaud

2016

Brynja Cortes Andrésdóttir: Ef að vetrarnóttu ferðalangur (If on a winter’s night a traveler) by Italo Calvino

Nominations

Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson: Nýsnævi – safn ljóðaþýðinga (New Snow – collected poetry in translation) by 15 authors
Ásdís R. Magnúsdóttir: Rangan og réttan – þrjú ritgerðarsöfn (The Right and the Wrong – three essay collections) by Albert Camus
Jón Hallur Stefánsson: Spámennirnir í Botnleysufirði (The Prophets of Eternal Fjord) by Kim Leine
Silja Aðalsteinsdóttir: Grimm’s Fairy Tales, retold by Philip Pullman

2015

Gyrðir Elíasson: Listin að vera einn (The Art of Being Alone) by Shuntaro Tanikawa

Nominations

Herdís Hreiðarsdóttir: Út í vitann (To the Lighthouse) by Virginia Woolf
Hermann Stefánsson: Uppfinning Morles (The Invention of Morel) by Adolfo Bioy Casares
Jón St. Kristjánsson: Náðarstund (Burial Rites) by Hannah Kent
Silja Aðalsteinsdóttir: Lífið að leysa (For Your Life) by Alice Munro

2014

Ingunn Ásdísardóttir: Ó - Sögur um djöfulskap (Ó : søgur um djevulskap) by Carl Jóhan Jensen

Nominations

María Rán Guðjónsdóttir: Rödd í dvala (La voz dormida) by Dulce Chacón
Njörður P. Njarðvík: Ljóð Thomasar Tranströmer (A collection of poetry by Thomas Tranströmer)
Rúnar Helgi Vignisson: Sem ég lá fyrir dauðanum (As I Lay Dying) by William Faulkner
Stefán Steinsson: Rannsóknir (Ietopiai) by Herodotus

2013

Kristín Guðrún Jónsdóttir: Svarti sauðurinn og aðrar fabúlur (La oveja negra y demás fábulas) by Augusto Monterroso

Nominations

Þórdís Gísladóttir: Allt er ást (Och allt skall vara kärlek) by Kristian Lundberg
Sigurður Karlsson: Ariasman (Ariasman) by Tapio Koivukari
Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson: Hjaltlandsljóð (Collection of poetry by nine contemporary poets from The Shetland Isles)
Sigrún Árnadóttir: Sár hlær best sagði pabbi (Skratta lagom! sa pappa Åberg) by Gunilla Bergström

2012

Gyrðir Elíason: Tunglið braust inn í húsið (A collection of translated poems from various countries)

Nominations

Bjarni Jónsson: Andarsláttur (Atemschaukel) by Herta Müller
Hermann Stefánsson: Fásinna (Insensatez) by Horacio Castellanos Moya
Pétur Gunnarsson: Regnskógarbeltið raunamædda (Tristes tropiques) by Claude Lévi-Strauss
Jón St. Kristjánsson: Reisubók Gúllivers (Gulliver's travels) by Jonathan Swift

2011

Erlingur E. Halldórsson: Gleðileikurinn guðdómlegi (La divina commedia) by Dante Alighieri

Nominations

Atli Magnússon: Silas Marner by George Eliot
Njörður P. Njarðvík: Vetrarbraut (Vintergata) by Kjell Espmark
Óskar Árni Óskarsson: Kaffihús tregans (The Ballad of the Sad Café) by Carson McCullers
Þórarinn Eldjárn: Lér konungur (King Lear) by William Shakespeare

2010

Kristján Árnason: Ummyndanir (Metamorphoses) by Ovid

Nominations

Elísa Björg Þorsteinsdóttir: Málavextir (Case histories) by Kate Atkinson
Guðbergur Bergsson: Öll dagsins glóð (All the Day's Embers, a collection of Portuguese poetry 1900 - 2008)
María Rán Guðjónsdóttir: Kirkja hafsins (La catedral del mar) by Ildefonso Falcones
Sigurður Karlsson: Yfir hafið og í steininn (Over the Sea and into the Stone) by Tapio Koivukari

2009

Hjörleifur Sveinbjörnsson: Apakóngur á Silkiveginum (A Preview of Chinese Storytelling From Earlier Times)

Nominations

Árni Óskarsson: Nafn mitt er rauður (Benim adim Kirmizi) by Orhan Pamuk
Guðrún Vilmundardóttir: Í þokunni (In the fog) by Philippe Claudel
Erla Erlendsdóttir and Kristín Guðrún Jónsdóttir: Svo fagurgrænar og frjósamar (Short Stories from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic)
Sölvi Björn Sigurðsson: Árstíð í helvíti (Une saison en enfer) by Arthur Rimbaud

2008

Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl: Móðurlaus Brooklyn (Motherless Brooklyn) by Jonathan Laethem

Nominations

Friðrik Rafnsson: Brandarinn (La plaisanterie) by Milan Kundera
Jón Kalman Stefánsson: Loftskeytamaðurinn (Sværmere) by Knut Hamsun
Sigrún Kr. Magnúsdóttir: Módelið (Modellen) by Lars Saabye Christensen
Sigurður Pálsson: Skíðaferðin (La classe de neige) by Emmanuel Carrère

2007

Silja Aðalsteinsdóttir: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Nominations

Atli Magnússon: Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
Ástráður Eysteinsson and Eysteinn Þorvaldsson: Umskiptin (Verwandlung) by Franz Kafka
Fríða Björk Ingvarsdóttir: Dætur hússins (Daughters of the house) by Michèle Roberts
Kristian Guttesen: Brekkan (Skråninga) by Carl Frode Tiller

2006

Rúnar Helgi Vignisson: Barndómur (Boyhood) by J. M Coetzee

Nominations

Hallberg Hallmundsson: Báturinn langi (The collected poems) by Stanley Kunitz
Guðrún H. Tulinius: Hæðir Machu Picchu (Alturas de Machu Picchu) by Pablo Neruda
Hjalti Kristgeirsson: Kertin brenna niður (A gyertyák csonkig égnek) by Sándor Márai
Anna María Hilmarsdóttir: Flugdrekahlauparinn (The kite runner) by Khaled Hosseini

2005

Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir: Fjárhættuspilarinn (Igrok) by Fjodor Dostojecskí

Nominations

Árni Óskarsson: Vernon G. Little by DBC Pierre
Geirlaugur Magnússon: Lágmynd (Plaskorzezba) by Tadeusz Rózewicz
Hjalti Kristgeirsson: Örlagaleysi (Sorstalanság) by Inre Kertész
Sigurður A. Magnússon: Snjórinn á Kilimanjaró (The snows of Kilimanjaro and other stories) by Ernest Hemingway