Department of Comparative Literature Professor Yopie Prins received an honorable mention in the 2014 Vondel Prize for Translation from the Dutch from the Society of Authors in London. Professor Prins worked with her mother on "Monther Number Zero" by Marjolijn Hof, a novel for young readers.
About the Book:
Fejzo, or Fay, was adopted when he was a baby and lives in the Netherlands. He knows only that his birth mother escaped the war in Bosnia and that he arrived in his adopted home with nothing more than a squeaky toy and a few clothes. Fay's favorite pastime is drawing birds at the aviary in the park, where he meets Maud, the new girl in town. When Maud discovers he is adopted, she urges him to search for his birth mother. With mixed feelings, Fay, along with his parents, pursues the search, but this creates mayhem at home, since there is no possibility of his adopted sister Bing ever being able to find her birth mother. Gradually Fay's complicated feelings about searching for his mother and his ambivalent feelings for Maud unfold.
Translated from Dutch by Johanna H. Prins and Johanna W. Prins
Toronto & Berkeley: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press 2011