Articles by Michael Heyman

The Perils and Nonpereils of Literary Nonsense Translation

June 2, 2014

After the 1923 publication of Sukumar Ray’s seminal book of Bengali nonsense literature, Abol Tabol, nobody dared to translate it into English.  Bengalis tended to revere Ray’s masterful, layered language and cultural clout as sacred—a kind of perfect, and perfectly impenetrable… more »