Stephen Epstein awarded 2019 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant

Congratulations to Associate Professor Stephen Epstein from the School of Languages and Cultures, who has won a 2019 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant worth US$3,500 for his translation of Intan Paramaditha's novel, Gentayangan: Pilih Sendiri Petualangan Sepatu Merahmu (The Wandering: Choose Your Own Red Shoes Adventure).

Established in 2003, The PEN/Heim Translation Fund awards grants to promote the publication of translated world literature in English.

The Wandering: Choose Your Own Red Shoes Adventure is the second collaboration between Intan Paramaditha and Associate Professor Epstein, who translated her short story collection, Apple and Knife. PEN America says, “Epstein’s translation vividly captures the divergent voices and narrative styles that make up this wonderfully inventive novel.”

PEN America describes Intan Paramaditha as “a wicked feminist writer in the very best sense possible.” The Wandering: Choose Your Own Red Shoes Adventure is the Indonesian author’s first full-length novel, and was selected as the Best Literary Work for Prose Fiction by Tempo magazine in 2017. “The novel is simultaneously unnerving and yet oddly familiar from the outset. Paramaditha establishes a rapport with the reader through a second person narrative that invites us to wander through worlds of myth, horror, and fantasy that progressively dismantle our perception of geographic and cultural boundaries.”

Find out more about the 2019 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants.