The annual Finnish state prize, 15 000 Euros, was awarded to David McDuff today. McDuff (born 1945) has translated Finland-Swedish literature into English since the 1980’s, for example Bo Carpelan, Tua Forsström and Gösta Ågren. He has also edited and translated the complete poems of Edith Södergran into English.
McDuff has contributed to the internationalisation of Finnish Literature also through the literary magazine Books from Finland. During the past 30 years, he has translated several hundred book reviews, essays and articles first from Swedish and later from Finnish to English.