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David Doherty wins the 2022 Society of Authors Vondel Translation Prize for his translation of Jaap Robben’s Summer Brother

We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of the prestigious Society of Authors Vondel Translation Prize is David Doherty, translator of Jaap Robben’s Summer Brother, published by World Editions in 2021.

The Vondel Translation Prize for translation from Dutch or Flemish  is a biennial award of €5,000 for translations into English of full-length Dutch or Flemish works of literary merit and general interest. This year’s judges were Susan Massotty, Jane Draycott and Michele Hutchison.

The judges said:

‘Doherty writes with a propulsive rhythm, and delicately follows all the metrical shifts in Jaap Robben’s Summer Brother, a compelling and filmic novel. Doherty’s talent shines especially brightly in the colloquial exchanges between the characters, creating an idiolect for each, with an ear akin to that of a playwright.’ ―Michele Hutchison

In 2021, Jaap and David were also longlisted for the International Booker Prize for Summer Brother.