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The Institut Ramon Llull hosts a translation seminar of Catalan into Hebrew with six recognised Israeli translators

Literature.  21/11/2017

The Bernard Lesfargues library of translations, located in the Palau del Baró de Quadras, headquarters of the Institut Ramon Llull, will host next Tuesday to Thursday a literary translation seminar for translating from Catalan into Hebrew. The main aim of this seminar is to offer some initial contact with Catalan language and literature for a group of six Israeli professionals who translate from other Romance languages into Hebrew, so that in the future, after further training, they shall be able to take up translating literary works written originally in Catalan. In addition, the seminar will be utilised to present the basic problems that arise in translation from Catalan to Hebrew and also to become familiar with the main linguistic resources for translation from Catalan to Hebrew.




In order to achieve these goals, the Institut Ramon Llull has organised several presentations covering three central areas: the Catalan language, some issues involved in translation from Catalan to Hebrew and the main examples of contemporary Catalan literature.

Six distinguished Israeli translators of Romance languages into Hebrew will take part in the seminar: Lía Nirgad, Tal Nitzan and Yossi Tal (translators of Castillian to Hebrew) and Rama Ayalon, Dory Manor and Dorit Shiloh (translators of French into Hebrew).

The coordination and provision of the seminar will be led by Itai Ron, currently one of the main literary translators of Catalan into Hebrew. Ron has translated works by Montserrat Roig, Albert Sánchez Piñol, Carme Riera, Montserrat Abelló, Mercè Rodoreda and Manuel Forcano. Among the guest speakers for the seminar will also be Marc Llaurador, former professor of Catalan at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2014-2017); Marta Castillon, professor of Catalan; Jordi Nopca, journalist and writer; Roser Lluch, translator of Hebrew into Catalan and Ana Bejarano, professor at the University of Barcelona and translator of Hebrew into Castillian.

This literary translation seminar is a pilot project that aims to make it easier for translators of other Romance languages to add Catalan to their stock of translation languages. The organisation of this seminar ties in with the IRL’s goal of promoting, through the use of various tools, the translation of Catalan literature into other languages. In this year’s seminar, and in those of years to come, the Institut wants to give particular importance to countries east and south of the Mediterranean.

Participants in the seminar

Translators of Castillian into Hebrew

Lía Nirgad

Writer and translator, she is a teacher on the translation programme of the Beit Berl College of Kfar Saba (Israel). She translates from Castillian, English and German into Hebrew. From Castillian she has translated works from authors such as Antonio Muñoz Molina, Manuel Puig and Carlos Ruiz Zafón. She has received the Israeli Ministry of Culture’s award for her work.

Tal Nitzan

Poet, novelist, editor and major translator of Hispanic literature. She has translated around 80 works of poetry and fiction into Hebrew by authors such as Miguel de Cervantes, Miguel Delibes, Julio Cortázar and Roberto Bolaño. She has written various volumes of poetry, a novel and children’s literature books. She has won the Israeli Ministry of Culture Prize for Translation twice.

Yossi Tal

Graduate in European History and Doctor of Translation from the University of Tel Aviv. His translations include works by Mexican, Brazilian, Argentinian and Portuguese writers.

Translators of French into Hebrew

Rama Ayalon

Ayalon is a graduate in French Philosophy and Literature from the University of Tel Aviv and has completed research at the Paris Diderot University (Paris 7). She has translated various classic and contemporary works of French philosophy and psychoanalysis into Hebrew, as well as writers such as Marguerite Duras, Milan Kundera, Michel Houllebecq, Delphine de Vigan and Leïla Slimani.

Dory Manor

Poet, translator and editor, he has published four poetry collections. He is the founder of the prestigious literary magazine Oh! and was editor in chief of the Israeli Educational Programme for the Arts and Humanities. Manor has translated many classic French literary authors into Hebrew, including Descartes, Voltaire, Molière, Flaubert, Baudelaire and Apollinaire.

Dorit Shiloh

Doctor in Youth Literature, editor and critic, she translates from French into Hebrew. She is a professor of Biblical Hebrew at École Normale Supérieure in Lyon and has translated narrative as well as academic publications. Currently she is one of the editors of the website of the National Library of Israel.

With the aim of facilitating translation of Catalan works into this language in the long term,

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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