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Shakespeare 400: Sonnets in translation

Shakespeare died 4 centuries ago this year, and the English celebrations have begun in style. Translations of some of his best loved work show how he has captured the global imagination – and been localised along the way. Shakespeare’s Globe

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Posted in literature, poetry, theatre, translation

Drama in Wrocław: European Capital of Culture 2016

Wake up! Wrocław is the new European capital of culture, and a year of celebrations kicks off this weekend. It is a gorgeous city with a complex cultural history – go if you haven’t yet – which has produced some world-class

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Posted in literature, theatre, translation

listen! – auf, wrzzz, shhhh…

It isn’t easy to explain a translator’s work to your nephews when they are just learning to read, but when I heard Saara Pääkkönen, who translates the Donald Duck comics into Finnish, explaining that she drops objects to hear what sound they

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Posted in poetry

Europe on Air: Warsaw, Berlin, Istanbul

Being read to isn’t only for children. If you, like me, work closely with complicated texts all day, however much you love reading, it can feel like an effort on workday evenings. But great world literature is just within earshot.

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Posted in books, literature, radio, translation

Do Geese See God?

Do geese see God? (English) Knit again and you’ll get a beer (Neulo taas niin saat oluen, Finnish) It was raining bread in the garden (Aias sadas saia, Estonian) Maybe tomorrow that lady will give a cake to the hedgehogs

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German Book Prize Shortlisters in Translation

The German Book Prize short list is out today! Three women, three Swiss writers and four with other books published in English in the last three years have made the cut. In my very subjective order of preference, they are:

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Posted in books, literature

Books for everyone

We need diverse books has one of the best summer reading campaigns around. Every day they’ll offer you and the children and young people you know a new perspective on a favourite story to expand your world. The campaign links to sources

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Knausgaard: which translation?

Knausgård’s Min Kamp/My Struggle series are a publishing sensation and I had to see what all the fuss was about. Not being able to read them in Norwegian, I had a choice of four translations to choose from: English, Polish, German

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Posted in books, international, literature, translation

The world through your letterbox: PEN World Bookshelf

English PEN has just announced more support for independent publishers to publish works in translation, which is great news since the independents are the ones producing the really interesting stuff. Their world bookshelf of contemporary writers in supported by the PEN

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The End of Days: The Translator

Jenny Erpenbeck’s The End of Days, translated by Susan Bernofsky,  has variously been described as brutal, haunting, and dreamlike, unvarnished and the work of a miniaturist. It’s all that and more. And it’s a very fitting first German winner of

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