Blackstone congratulates Avi Sharon, who received The Hellenic Foundation for Culture 2012 Translation Prize for his translation of C.P. Cavafy’s Selected Poems.
The prize was announced early this month by The Society of Authors, which awards prizes for translation annually from various modern languages into English. The prize was awarded on February 4 at London’s Kings Place by the editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Sir Peter Stothard.
The Hellenic Foundation for Culture award is not the first for Avi - in 2009 he was awarded the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, honoring exceptional translation of poetry, again for his work on Cavafy’s Selected Poems. A Principal in Blackstone’s Private Wealth Management group, Avi has a Ph.D. in Classics from Boston University and has translated other modern poets, including Odysseas Elytis and George Seferis, as well as Plato’s Symposium.
C.P. Cavafy is one of the most distinguished Greek poets of the twentieth century. He spent most of his life, quietly, in Alexandria, Egypt, only sharing his poems with select friends in pamphlets of his own making. Most of his work was published posthumously.