Once at a translator's conference I attended a workshop Anthea Bell gave on the translation of Asterix books, and she told us the strict rules the publisher sets: one may not increase the size of a speech balloon, and if a joke is 'untranslatable' (and Asterix books are full of puns, the most untranslatable things of all) one must put in another joke in a nearby window (or whatever the boxes in such books are called) as close as possible. I have often recommended Asterix books in foreign languages to learners. So I was very pleased to read the following, sent to me by a fellow-writer in England:
Translator Anthea Bell awarded Cross of the Order of Merit
29 January 2015
On 29 January 2015, Ambassador Ammon presented the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to the distinguished translator Anthea Bell at a reception at the Embassy attended by Mrs Bell's family and colleagues.
Anthea Bell has been renowned as an outstanding translator of German titles into English. For years she has taken on works by Kafka, Stefan Zweig, ETA Hoffmann, as well as Erich Kästner and Cornelia Funke.
In making these authors and their books accessible to wider readerships by the means of translation, she has made an invaluable contribution to furthering understanding between Germany and the UK.
She has been much acclaimed for her work, and among many other accolades she has received the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, the Schlegel Tieck Prize for Translation from German and the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. She also won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for which she has also been nominated a further three times. Ambassador Ammon was delighted to add another honour to the list.
Ambassador Ammon on awarding the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Anthea Bell
On 29 January 2015, Ambassador Peter Ammon presented the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to acclaimed translator Anthea Bell. This award was in recognition of Mrs Bell's services to translation and outstanding contribution to cultural understanding between Germany and the UK.