This translation of The Embrace, by Valerio Magrelli and translated by Jamie McKendrick, won two of the most important translation prizes - the John Florio Prize and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize.
The translator of this collection, Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955. He taught at the University of Salerno in Italy and is the author of five collections of poetry: The Sirocco Room (1991); The Kiosk on the Brink (1993); The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and a Poetry Book Society Choice; Ink Stone (2003), which was shortlisted for the 2003 T.S. Eliot Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award; and, Crocodiles + Obelisks, shortlisted for the Forward Prize. A selection of his poems was published as Sky Nails (2000), and he is editor of The Faber Book of 20th-Century Italian Poems (2004).