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June, 2014

The Week in Translation

GO what: The Bridge series presents Rika Lesser & Denise Newman when: Thursday, June 19, 7pm where: McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012 more info: http://ow.ly/y5oeV SUBMIT what: Bellevue Literary Review Prizes (translations eligible) submission deadline: July…...

Translator Relay: Sean Cotter

Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. For June's installment, Ellen Elias-Bursac passed the baton to Sean Cotter, whose translations from Romanian include Mircea…...

The Playlist: Teaching Translation, Curating Texts

In teaching undergraduate courses on literature in translation at the University of Michigan, I encourage students to engage with our readings in creative ways. I periodically like to treat class time like a studio session or editorial workshop, stressing that what we do with what we read is just as…...

The Week in Translation

GO   what: 45th Poetry International Festival, In Other Words translation project when: June 10-14 where: Rotterdam more info: http://ow.ly/uSSSG SUBMIT what: Bellevue Literary Review Prizes (translations eligible) submission deadline: July 1, 2014 more info:http://ow.ly/xLHbc what: ALTA Travel…...

Carol Brown Janeway to Receive 2014 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature

Carol Brown Janeway, senior vice-president and senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf, and distinguished literary translator, will be the recipient of the 2014 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature, Words without Borders announced today. Carol Brown Janeway has been a leading advocate…...

Where the Sidewalk Bends: Interview with Larissa Min

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The adventurous, globe-trotting Larissa Min is currently at work on two ambitious writing projects: an account of her family’s double migration from Korea to Brazil to the US, called Breaking English, and a hybrid fiction/creative nonfiction book called Wondering Gondwana that interweaves…...

The City and the Writer: In Colombo with Ru Freeman

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Colombo as you feel/see it? Colombo is moody. It has…...

Writing the Rack That Wracks Us: On Translating the Poetry of Marie-Claire Bancquart

One of the many things I have Marie-Claire Bancquart to thank for is introducing me to the world of things. I don’t mean an initiation into the pleasures of 24/7 QVC or a penchant for crying into piles of pricey men’s shirts à la Daisy Buchanan. Rather, she helped me see myself as…...

The Week in Translation

GO   what: Launch for The Book of Rio and The Football Crônicas, featuring Lucy Greaves, Toni Marques, Jethro Soutar, and Diego Trelles Paz. when: Monday, June 2, 7pm where: Free Word Lecture Theatre, London more info: http://ow.ly/wK7vA   what: 45th Poetry International Festival,…...

The Perils and Nonpereils of Literary Nonsense Translation

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…...

May, 2014

The Week in Translation

GO   what: Launch for The Book of Rio and The Football Crônicas, featuring Lucy Greaves, Toni Marques, Jethro Soutar, and Diego Trelles Paz. when: Monday, June 2, 7pm where: Free Word Lecture Theatre, London more info: http://ow.ly/wK7vA   what: 45th Poetry International Festival,…...

Zürich Meets New York: Max Frisch at Deutsches Haus

Max Frisch is a figure so seminal that he’s ironically also easy to miss: Frisch’s Homo Faber is the first full novel I ever read in German (in a 200-level undergraduate class) and, as unfortunately so often happens with masterpieces subjected to the classroom treatment, I never thought much…...

The City and the Writer: In New York City with Susan Cheever

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of New York City as you feel/see it? New York City is fast-moving,…...

“Poesia Em Trânsito” (Poetry in Motion)

From February 11 to 24 of this year the Fundação Gregório de Matos (FGM), the cultural sector of Salvador da Bahia’s local government, sponsored the program “Poesia em Trânsito,” or Poetry in Motion. During this time, twenty poets and street performers presented…...

The Week in Translation:

GO   what: Launch for The Book of Rio and The Football Crônicas, featuring Lucy Greaves, Toni Marques, Jethro Soutar, and Diego Trelles Paz. when: Monday, June 2, 7pm where: Free Word Lecture Theatre, London more info: http://ow.ly/wK7vA   what: 45th Poetry International Festival, In…...

Where the Sidewalk Bends: Romeo and Juliet in the Dessert Aisle

Like a Portuguese baker preparing creamy pastéis de nata, to write this post I need to start with eggs. Yolks, to be specific. During the Colonial period, Portuguese convents and monasteries used the whites (clara) for starching clothes in their laundries, while the yolks (gema) were simply thrown…...

From the Abu Dhabi Book Fair

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (April 30–May 5) has just wrapped up its seventh year. As in the past, the fair was an enormous undertaking, with school field trips, dozens of author events and book signings, cooking demonstrations, book sales, professional seminars, publisher-to-publisher…...

The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Andri Snær Magnason

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Special Series / Iceland 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Reykjavik as you feel/see…...

The Week in Translation

GO what: Launch for The Book of Rio and The Football Crônicas, featuring Lucy Greaves, Toni Marques, Jethro Soutar, and Diego Trelles Paz. when: Monday, June 2, 7pm where: Free Word Lecture Theatre more info: http://ow.ly/wK7vA what: 45th Poetry International…...

From the Translator: One-handed Translation

When presumably innocent Susan Harris and Samantha Schnee were in touch about translating a story by Israel Centeno titled “Romanza Pornomilitar,” selected by editor Ana Nuño for the special Venezuelan issue, the answer, honestly, was a no-brainer. I was “encantada” (a…...

The Short on “Short”: An Interview with Alan Ziegler

Alan Ziegler—beloved Columbia University professor, master teacher of teaching, writer in his own right, and champion of short prose—is also the editor of Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms.…...

My Favorite Bookstore: Emily Vizzo on Bart’s Books

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302 West Matilija Street, Ojai, California 93023 I have a particular affection for Bart’s Books in Ojai, California. When I first started driving cars, just getting there was an adventure. To get there from my hometown, you have to take a deep, veering right-hand turn off the coastal 101 North…...

The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Kristín Ómarsdóttir

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Special Series / Iceland 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Reykjavik as you…...

PEN World Voices -  Master/Class: László Krasznahorkai and Colm Tóibín

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On my way to see Colm Tóibín interview László Krasznahorkai I read Will Self's Guardian article "The novel is dead (this time it's for real)." I can only conclude after listening to Mr. Krasznahorkai speak about his life and art that the novel is dead only in…...

PEN World Voices Festival 2014: Balkan Literature

5pm, Saturday, May 3, 2014 Invisible Dog, Brooklyn NY Participants: Aleksandar Hemon, Igor Stiks, Ognjen Spahic, Vladimir Tasic Moderator: Mika Buljevic Presented in association with Invisible Dog and Trust for Mutual Understanding. During this lively panel in the sprawling, sunlit loft on the top floor…...

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