India Naveen Kishore

Naveen Kishore
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In an outstanding way and at the highest level, Naveen Kishore represents dialogue and cultural cooperation between India and Germany, according to the statement by the Goethe Medal commission.

He is the founder and director of Seagull Books in Kolkata, which, with branches in London and Chicago, is established internationally like no other Indian publishing house. The house owns the worldwide English-language publishing rights for authors such as Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann, Jean-Paul Sartre, Thomas Bernhard, Imre Kertész, Yves Bonnefoy, Mo Yan, Mahasweta Devi, Peter Handke and Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Naveen Kishore is led not by the market, but by personal convictions and passions. By launching the German List book series, a collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, he lastingly altered prevailing circumstances for the reception of German-language literature in the English language not only in India, but worldwide. Over the past five years Seagull has acquired the publishing rights to over 60 books from German publishers. Seagull Books is the first to publish German authors such as Brigitte Reimann and Ralf Rothmann in the English language, in carefully edited and excellently translated editions.

In her speech, publisher Elisabeth Ruge called it “an impressively eclectic German list” and described how Kishore’s publishing practice undermines ideological dominance and counteracts intolerance and chauvinism. With the 2011 founding of the Seagull School of Publishing in Kolkata, he has provided major stimuli to professionalize cultural and publishing work in all of India.

About Naveen Kishore
Laudatory Speech for Naveen Kishore by Elisabeth Ruge
Acceptance Speech by Naveen Kishore