Translation Roundup

By Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren

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Honors and Awards

This year's Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Chinese writer Mo Yan, whose novel Big Breasts & Wide Hips (translated by Howard Goldblatt) was reviewed by WWB.

Interiews, Articles, Reviews

All this month, City Lights bookstore is celebrating Banned Books Week with readings by the likes of Sherman Alexie, Kim Addonizio, and John Waters.

Sudeep Sen tells the Times of India that with current Indian poetry, "You`re likely to encounter a pantoum next to an acrostic poem, a triolet juxtaposed against a ghazal, lyric narratives, Sapphic fragments, Bhartrhari-style shataka, sonnet, rubai, prayer chants, rap, reggae, creole, haiku, tanka — just to mention a few!"

Watch a preview of Kilometer Zero, translator David Shook’s harrowing documentary about traveling through Equatorial Guinea in search of poet Marcelo Ensema Nsang.

PEN remembers Vietnamese poet Nguyen Chi Thien.

Translation News

Last week, E.J. Van Lanen, the former Open Letter senior editor, announced that he's starting a new publishing house for e-versions of international literature. Look for Anna Kim's novel The Anatomy of a Night and Uwe Tellkamp's award-winning epic The Tower, Frisch & Co's first two titles, in late Spring 2013.


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