Anita Gopalan awarded the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grantson 25 July 2016, for her English translation of Hindi novel Simsim by the contemporary Hindi author Geet Chaturvedi. She is the second Indian translator to be selected for the grant.
She will be honoured at the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in New York in February 2017.
The novel Simsim narrates the clash between two India’s’, i.e. one old and traditional and the other modern and new driven by the consumerism and corporate greed. The novel focuses on four central characters and Mumbai real estate. This lyrical, award-winning novel was first published in 2008 and is recognized for its groundbreaking contribution to contemporary Hindi fiction.
Ms. Anita Gopalan has graduated in Computer Science and Mathematics from BITS Pilani .She is a Translator and artist. She has also worked in Banking Technology sector for over 14 years in India, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Middle East.
The PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants, previously known as the PEN Translation Fund Grants were established in 2003 by the PEN American centre. It was established by Michael Henry Heim, a noted literary translator. The Grants' main aim is to promote the publication and response of translated world literature in English. It is awarded every year to a selected number of literary translators, based on their quality of translation, originality and importance of the original work.