French translator Erica Abrams to receive Karel Čapek Award

French linguist and translator Erica Abrams will be presented with the Karel Čapek Award by the Czech Pen Club on Tuesday.

Abrams studied linguistics, literature and Slavic languages and since 1973 she has repeatedly visited Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. She has translated works of many Czech authors, poets, playwrights and philosophers, including Jan Patočka, Ivan Blatný, Ladislav Klíma or Václav Havel, to French.

The Karel Čapek Award was established by the Pen Club’s Czech branch in 1994 and is presented to outstanding writers every two years. Among previous holders of the award are the former president and writer Václav Havel, Arnošt Lustig and Ivan Klíma.

The award will be presented at the Mayor’s seat in Prague on Tuesday evening.