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The Governesses

Something is happening in French-language literature right now that makes me dearly regret stopping at GCSE. In the last few months I’ve devoured three short and piercingly acute new translations from French that have made me think hard about animal

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To Leave with the Reindeer

What makes humans different from other creatures? We draw a clear distinction, but maybe our actions show there’s less of a difference than we think in the way we try to raise children and animals. There is a lot of

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Little Beast

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a little village on the edge of the forest. She was born long ago, when times were hard; as she knew they would be. She enjoyed life well

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Revenge of the Translator

If you, like me, translate for a living, you might, like me, have been waiting to get your hands on this for quite some time. I ordered it ages ago, and when it finally arrived, I was about to take

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Citizens of Beauty

If you don’t fit neatly into a particular category, if you’re difficult for people to place, they won’t place you, their eyes might slide right over you and move on to someone else. And if you try to break down those

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this woman has the password to your relationship…

“It’s as though you had to know the password for our relationship.” Looks like Emmanuelle Pagano has got everyone’s password!  Translators Sophie Lewis and Jennifer Higgins have done sterling work on the files. And Other Stories has done it again with

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Women’s day: translations to last all year

It’s women’s day, and time to look for the women in translation once again, at the Free Word Centre and elsewhere. The statistics are shocking as ever. But there is plenty to read if you look. Rather than lamenting, just go out

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