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Hell, freshly translated

Lent starts next week, so what better time to get your hands on a book about sinners, in their infinite variety, and where they end up? The gates of Hell open onto what some might consider the worst of the

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The Apartment in Bab El-Louk

This book will take you minutes to whip through, but you won’t forget it in a hurry. The doors of the cover open onto a very simple story about a city-centre apartment and the person who lives in it, the

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the best children’s book in the world?

The Book Trust is looking for the world’s best children’s books to translate into English. Nominations for In Other Words are open until 26 September and the top ten will be presented with sample translations at the Bologna Book Fair

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Catalan Book Week: something new, something old

150 new books are being launched at over 200 events right now in Barcelona – it’s Catalan Book Week. There is much to celebrate, not least the 20th Trajectòria Award going to translator Anna Casassas. You don’t have to go to Barcelona

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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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Do you miss your country?

Do you miss your country? If you do, even if you don’t want to go back, it doesn’t matter where you are, but you will understand Monika Szydłowska’s drawings, and you might want to join 13,000 others to see what

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Words to bridge the gap

From a capella to zeitgeist, English has always filched other people’s words and run with them. There are so many more waiting to be used. And Ella Frances Sanders has brought them to life. As she says in  Lost in Translation:

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