In April & May 2014 the fourth edition of the Translators Bliss Tour
(‘Vertalersgeluktournee’) will take place in The Netherlands. The tour
offers readers and literature lovers the opportunity to enter into a
dialogue with translators on their profession: what choices do they make?
And what makes the translation profession so challenging and rewarding?
In several short readings, sixteen different translators from eight
different languages will talk about their work, in particular the
translations which have been nominated for the European Literature Prize
2014. This year, the translators will visit bookstores in eleven Dutch
cities: Groningen Breda, Zutphen, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Sittard, Middelburg,
Heemstede, Haarlem, Gouda and Amsterdam. The tour starts on Tuesday 8 April
and ends on Thursday 22 May. A detailed schedule (in Dutch) can be found
At every single event three translators will talk about his or her work and
the translation of the nominated novel. The complete longlist of nominated
works for the European Literature Prize 2014 can be found here. The
shortlist will be announced on 3 June in SPUI25 in Amsterdam.
The Translation Bliss Tour 2014 is organized by literary translators
Nicolette Hoekmeijer and Andrea Kluitmann in cooperation with the Dutch
Foundation for Literature. Both the European Literature Prize 2014 and the
Translators Bliss Tour 2014 are financially supported by the Dutch
Foundation for Literature and the Lira Foundation.
For an informal exchange of ideas about translators initiatives like these
you may contact Nicolette Hoekmeijer. Both Nicolette Hoekmeijer and Maarten
Valken, head of translation policy at the Dutch Foundation for Literature,
will be present at the Londen Book Fair from Tuesday to Thursday, April
Here you can find an impression of the three previous editions of the
Translators Bliss Tour: 2013 (including two short animation videos