Klemen Pisk wins Lithuanian translation award

Ljubljana – Slovenian translator Klemen Pisk is this year’s recipient of the St Jerome Prize conferred for translation of Lithuanian literature. Pisk is the first Slovenian to receive this prize, which has been given out since 2006 by the Lithuanian Culture Ministry and the Association of Lithuanian Literary Translators.

A translator, writer and musician, Pisk has translated from Lithuanian for almost 20 years, while also translating from Polish and Czech, Slovenian publisher KUD Sodobnost International said in a release on Tuesday.

His expertise is extremely broad, ranging from classics to contemporary Lithuanian authors, including novels, poetry and children’s books.

The 48-year old has translated 24 books from Lithuanian, and compiled and edited an anthology of Lithuanian short stories, which was published in 2007.

“I am glad that I can translate from such a wonderful language as Lithuanian and that Slovenian publishers are willing to publish Lithuanian literature and are showing an increasing interest in it,” Pisk said in a written statement.

In 2015, the Lithuanian Culture Institute rewarded him for his contribution to the promotion of Lithuanian literature.

The laureate will receive the award on Thursday at the Lithuanian Culture Ministry.