5 DECEMBER 2018
VENICE, ISLAND OF SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE
On 5 December, the fifth Benno Geiger Poetry Translation Prize will be awarded during a special
public ceremony. This annual prize is named after Benno Geiger (1882-1965), an Austrian
writer, poet and art critic, who did some excellent German translations of Italian verse classics.
Geiger’s fascinating letters on literary and artistic matters with early 20th-century Italian and
European correspondents are now in the literary archives of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. In
addition to the first prize of 4,000 euros, the jury, chaired by Francesco Zambon and made up of
eminent scholars, will award a prize of 1,000 euros to a young translator or a first work. Lastly,
the jury will assign three scholarships associated with the prize for research to be conducted in
the Geiger Archive or other literary archives held by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.