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First Vietnamese translator wins Danish literary prize
Minh Phong
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First Vietnamese translator wins Danish literary prize

Minh Phong

Vietnamese translator Tran Thi Minh Tam is the first Vietnamese to receive the Hans Christian Andersen Literary Award - PHOTO: COURTESY OF TRAN THI MINH TAM

Vietnamese children’s book translator Tran Thi Minh Tam has recently been named among the three recipients of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, making her the first Vietnamese to be honored with this international recognition given to exemplary authors working on children’s literature, said the Danish Embassy in Hanoi.

Tam has devoted more than 20 years to translating Danish children’s literary works by world-renowned Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen into Vietnamese and ceaselessly conveying cultural messages of Denmark to Vietnamese people, especially young kids.

Her work has not only encouraged Vietnamese children to read more Andersen’s fairytales but also stirred up inspiration for them to explore Danish culture, visual arts, music and drama in school.

During the past 20 years of translating works by Andersen, the author of best-selling children’s books such as “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Little Mermaid”, Tam successfully released a collection of 88 fairytales for Vietnamese young kids in 2003, which was later expanded to over 100 such stories, based on the Danish writer’s literary pieces.

Therefore, the Danish literary prize has honored the Vietnamese female translator for her outstanding contributions to popularize the reading of the Danish author in the country and spur cultural exchanges between Denmark and Vietnam, the Hans Christian Andersen Award Committee announced on its website.

Tam will receive the award along with Klaus Muller-Wille, a Swiss philosophy scholar who is honored for his research on the writer’s interest in the materiality of literature, and Danish composer Sebastian for giving soundtrack to Andersen’s fairytales.

The award ceremony is slated for April 3 in Andersen’s hometown of Odense city in Denmark.

Founded by the International Board on Books for Young People in 1956, the Hans Christian Andersen award is bestowed upon literary ambassadors of Andersen, and those with noble achievements related to his works, ranging from arts to education and charity, to recognize their lifelong devotions to spreading further knowledge of the Danish literature to different parts of the world.

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