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A Goethe Medal for Iranian Translator

TEHRAN -- The Iranian author and translator Mahmud Hosseinizad plans to travel to Germany in August to receive a Goethe Medal he won in May for his contributions to German literature in Iran.
He is one of the three non-Germans the Goethe Institute has selected to honor with Goethe Medals during a ceremony on August 28.
“Munich’s House of Literature (Literaturhaus) has invited me to attend the ceremony,” Hosseinizad told the Persian service of ISNA.

He is scheduled to hold story reading sessions in Frankfurt and Berlin, and discussions on Persian literature.
The institute’s website described Hosseinizad as “one of the most important translators of contemporary German literature into Persian.”
Since 2000, Hosseinizad translated several books by German authors such as Judith Hermann, lngo Schulze, Uwe Timm, Peter Stamm and Julia Franck into Persian.
The Indian publisher Naveen Kishore and the Greek writer Petros Markaris are the two other winners of medal this year.
The Goethe Institute is a non-profit German cultural association operating worldwide to promote the study of the German language abroad, and encourage international cultural exchange and relations.


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