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Ellen Elias-Bursać

Portrait of translator Ellen Elias-Bursać

Ellen Elias-Bursać

Ellen Elias-Bursać has been translating fiction and nonfiction by Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian writers since the 1980s, including novels and short stories by David Albahari, Dubravka Ugrešić, Daša Drndić, and Karim Zaimovič. She is co-author of a textbook for the study of Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian with Ronelle Alexander and author of Translating Evidence and Interpreting Testimony at a War Crimes Tribunal: Working in a Tug-of-War, awarded the Mary Zirin Prize in 2015.

Articles by Ellen Elias-Bursać

Losing Ground
By Zoran Janjanin
“It wasn’t a civil war. It was a rebellion.”
Translated from Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursać
By David Albahari
Damned parents,” he said in a soft voice, “look what they’ve made of me.”
Translated from Serbian by Ellen Elias-Bursać
From “What are the Blind Men Dreaming?”
By Noemi Jaffe
The compassionate understand pain, but pain cannot be understood; those who suffer understand nothing.
Translated from Portuguese and Serbian by Julia Sanches & Ellen Elias-Bursać
Head Weight
By David Albahari
In all honesty, Ruben was at a loss to explain what was happening to him.
Translated from Serbian by Ellen Elias-Bursać
Episode #18 of “Joseph and His Brothers”
By Karim Zaimović
The world is a vast tapestry, and everything in it happens at random.
Translated from Bosnian by Ellen Elias-Bursać
Learning Cyrillic
By David Albahari
Fridays I go to church. I do not go to pray.
Translated from Serbian by Ellen Elias-Bursać