Monthly Archives: August 2016

We need more Akhmatova

With some books, you have to be ready.This poet is one of Russia’s best, but it took me this long to sit down and read her. It’s time you did, too. Anna Akhmatova’s Selected Poems in Richard McKane’s English translation

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Posted in books, faith, history, literature, poetry, translation, Women in Translation Month

Rilke Shake

Two! Brazilian women in English translation on the ALTA national translation award long list. Is it the Olympic effect? Clarice Lispector is a heavyweight contender, but here’s something new, featherlight and deft from the south. It probably weighs less than

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Posted in Best Translated Book Award, books, gender, poetry, translation, Women in Translation Month

Clarice: Kafkaesque witchcraft from Rio

“Be careful with Clarice,” the writer’s friend warned a reader. “It’s not literature, it’s witchcraft.” Clarice Lispector was born not so very far away from Kafka and Schulz, and you can tell. That particular magically impossible way of weaving a

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Posted in books, short stories, translation, Women in Translation Month

The painter who wrote: Tove Jansson’s letters

Tove Jansson was born 102 years ago today. Her letters were published in the original Swedish for her centenary, and you can read extracts in English translation by David McDuff at the Books from Finland archive. They are a treasure

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Posted in Illustration, literature, Tove Jansson Centenary, translation

Women in translation month: Lydia Grigorieva

As women in translation month returns, the task is simple – just read! So I went to a new publisher of Slavonic literature, Glagoslav, and found the perfect way to start. Lydia Grigorieva’s Shards from the Polar Ice is out today and

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Posted in books, gender, poetry, translation, Women in Translation Month
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