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Daniel Hahn

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Contributor

Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, and translator with sixty-something books to his name. His work includes translations from Europe, Africa, and the Americas (encompassing fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and plays), and a number of nonfiction books, including The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature. He has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the Blue Peter Book Award and been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, among many others.

Articles by Daniel Hahn

A Seriously Shitty Quirk of Fate
By Paulo Scott
I felt uncomfortable being who I was, raised on the idea of being from a Black family.
Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn
Plague Diary, March 23, 2020
By Gonçalo M. Tavares
“They say that even the smallest particles, like the virus, atoms, etc., make a sound . . .
Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn
Deceptive Simplicity: International Children’s Literature
By Daniel Hahn
I often feel that adults forget what children’s stories are capable of.
Lua
By Ronaldo Correia de Brito
“It’s impossible for a sister recluse to sing like that. We no longer feel those emotions.”
Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn
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The Ritual
By Fernando Iwasaki
“Every time someone goes to the USA, they die.
Translated from Spanish by Daniel Hahn
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Around the Globe: An Introduction to International YA Writing
By Briony Everroad & Daniel Hahn
While writing for teenagers wasn’t invented in the last decade or two, it has certainly, in that time, gained a visibility, a range, a thoughtfulness, even a sort of urgency. . .
Some Other Zoo
By Rodrigo Rey Rosa
I explained at the top of my voice that my daughter had disappeared.
Translated from Spanish by Daniel Hahn
White Sand, Black Stone
By Eduardo Halfon
Your passport, señor, expired last month.
Translated from Spanish by Daniel Hahn
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Four Short Tales
By Antônio Prata
Employ hackers to adulterate the online versions of Hamlet.
Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn
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Natanael
By Cristhiano Aguiar
For a diver, fear brings trouble.
Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn
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The Devil Lives in Lisbon
By Berta Vias Mahou
I don’t know where Mother would go off to. I’m not sure.
Translated from Spanish by Daniel Hahn
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Good Women and Bad Women
By Eduardo Halfon
I want to know where you got this filth.
Translated from Spanish by Daniel Hahn
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Death Count
By Jorge Volpi
In the small hours of March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese ended her shift at the bar as usual, took her car, and parked a few  yards from the apartment complex where she lived, in Kew Gardens, Queens.…
Translated from Spanish by Daniel Hahn
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The Politics of Mourning
By Rafael Lemus
“Acapulco, September 18 [2010]. Two unidentified men, decapitated in the town of Coyuca de Catalán. Heads thrown into a soft-drink bottling plant from two moving vehicles. One has its eyes…
Translated from Spanish by Daniel Hahn
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Never Any End to Hemingway
By Eduardo Halfon
“Come now, Hemingway,” she teased, “you really don’t know this gentleman’s stories?”
Translated from Spanish by Daniel Hahn
On Reviewing Translations: Daniel Hahn
By Daniel Hahn
I’m a translator, whose translations get reviewed regularly in the mainstream press; I’m also a reviewer who reviews translations regularly in the mainstream press. In probably more or less…
A Practical Guide to Levitation
By José Eduardo Agualusa
I do not like parties. The idle chat, the smoke, the fatuous talk of drunks, I find them all tiresome. Plastic plates annoy me even more. And plastic cutlery. And plastic cups. I'm served roasted…
Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn
The Best Seller
By Germano Almeida
He described himself down the phone as a young writer who was keen to meet with a representative of Ilhéu Publishing, and in the absence of anyone else at that moment I agreed to receive him. Shortly…
Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn
A Dialogue on Translating Germano Almeida
By Daniel Hahn & Clifford E. Landers
Editors' Note: This month we present the first in a series of dialogues: two translators produce versions of the same text, then discuss their choices and approaches. Here Daniel Hahn and Clifford…
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