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Bill Johnston

Contributor

Bill Johnston

Bill Johnston won the 2012 PEN Translation Prize and Three Percent’s Best Translated Book Award for 2012 for his translation of Wiesław Myśliwski’s Stone Upon Stone (Archipelago Books). His other translations include Tadeusz Różewicz’s new poems, for which he received the inaugu­ral Found in Translation Award; Witold Gombrowicz’s Bacacay; Andrzej Stasiuk’s Dukla and Fado; and books by Magdalena Tulli, Stanisław Lem, and Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki. His most recent translation is Wiesław Myśliwski’s A Treatise on Shelling Beans (Archipelago Books, 2013). Currently a Guggenheim Fellow, he teaches at Indiana University.

Articles by Bill Johnston

Kyrgyzstan: Shade and Shadow
By Andrzej Stasiuk
No Bukhara, no Samarkand, no meaning, just bare life in the rarefied air. That had been what I was after. A clarity of existence. To see sand sifting through the post-imperial rust. That would be enough…
Translated from Polish by Bill Johnston
Adventures
By Witold Gombrowicz
1In 1930, in September, on a boat trip to Cairo, I fell into the Mediterranean Sea; I fell with a mighty splash, since at the time the sea was smooth, unruffled by any wave. Nevertheless, my fall was…
Translated from Polish by Bill Johnston
from The Mighty Angel
By Jerzy Pilch
Chapter One: The Yellow DressBefore the mafiosi appeared in my apartment in the company of the dusky poetess Alberta Lulaj, before they wrenched me from my drunken sleep and before they set about demanding-first…
Translated from Polish by Bill Johnston
from Dreams and Stones
By Magdalena Tulli
The tree of the world, like every other tree, at the beginning of the season of vegetation puts out tiny delicate golden leaves which with time acquire a dark green hue and a silvery sheen. Then they…
Translated from Polish by Bill Johnston
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