Samuel Perry, assistant professor of East Asian studies, has been named the recipient of a 2013 Translation Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. Each $12,500 NEA fellowship will go toward support for one of 16 translation-related projects, which represent literature from 14 countries from Central America to the Indian subcontinent and involve 10 different languages. Perry will use his fellowship to work on a translation of Sata Ineko’s novel, Crimson from Japanese to English. Fewer than 5 percent of all books published in the United States are works in translation, and an even smaller percentage of these books are works of fiction or poetry. To address this lack of foreign literature in the United States, the NEA began awarding literary translation fellowships in 1981, Since then, it has been one of the most reliable sources of funding for literary translation in the country.

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