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Impac Dublin award goes to Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Vásquez was presented with a cheque for €75,000, with his translator Anne McLean winning €25,000.

You go, Anne McLean. 

Top 10 books for children in translation

“In my novel A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, which was written in English and translated into fourteen languages, I made liberal use of these sayings in creating the voices of four older village women who mutter and opine and worry in idioms. In translating each phrase into English (and watching them be translated into other languages, though my involvement was limited to clarification and approval of slight variations), I had to strip each idiom of its connoted, cultural meaning in my own mind (e.g., it’s difficult for a Persian to think of I want to eat your liver as anything other than I love you, especially since modern speech has shed a few of its syllables so it sounds more like I want your liver). Then I rebuilt the expressions using precise images (e.g., we are talking about eating a liver, not admiring one).”

—   Dina Nayeri, on the translation of idioms
theparisreview:

“It is odd, what a translator draws on to call up the mental atmosphere necessary to do justice to another’s text, and it reminds you that linguistic facility is only a part of the job.”
Enjoy our selections from Josef Winkler’s novel Graveyard of Bitter Oranges? Read this conversation between translators Bernard Banoun and Adrian Nathan West discussing the ins and outs of translating Josef Winkler at The Quarterly Conversation.

theparisreview:

“It is odd, what a translator draws on to call up the mental atmosphere necessary to do justice to another’s text, and it reminds you that linguistic facility is only a part of the job.”

Enjoy our selections from Josef Winkler’s novel Graveyard of Bitter Oranges? Read this conversation between translators Bernard Banoun and Adrian Nathan West discussing the ins and outs of translating Josef Winkler at The Quarterly Conversation.

Notes from the Netherlands: On Lydia Davis’ translations of A.L. Snijders

Margaret Atwood translates translation

(Source: archipelagobooks)

Ayşe Berktay Speaks Up on Her Prison Days

penamerican:

"They can just pick you up out of nowhere."

Click here to learn more about translator and activist Ayşe Berktay.

William Weaver, Influential Translator of Modern Italian Literature, Dies at 90

Very saddened to hear of the loss of William Weaver, a truly great translator. 

theparisreview:

“When I said at age twelve that I wanted to be a writer my family said, Certainly. When I went off to boarding school, my going-away present was a typewriter. Becoming a writer was like going into the family firm. I started writing—mostly ghastly poetry—in boarding school. At the same time, I was absolutely fascinated by ‘abroad.” The minute I learned there were foreign countries I wanted to go to them.” RIP William Weaver.Read our interview with the English translator here.

theparisreview:

“When I said at age twelve that I wanted to be a writer my family said, Certainly. When I went off to boarding school, my going-away present was a typewriter. Becoming a writer was like going into the family firm. I started writing—mostly ghastly poetry—in boarding school. At the same time, I was absolutely fascinated by ‘abroad.” The minute I learned there were foreign countries I wanted to go to them.” RIP William Weaver.

Read our interview with the English translator here.

“So, I put in a footnote and said, ‘This is a pun and I give up.’”

theparisreview:

“As a writer I can be bad, but I can’t be wrong. A translator can be good, but can never be right.”
Read more of what we’re loving this week, including the July issue of Asymptote, “psycho-biddy” films, and Susan Steinberg’s Spectacle.

theparisreview:

“As a writer I can be bad, but I can’t be wrong. A translator can be good, but can never be right.”

Read more of what we’re loving this week, including the July issue of Asymptote, “psycho-biddy” films, and Susan Steinberg’s Spectacle.

F. D. Reeve, Poet and Translator, Dies at 84