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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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Posted in books, Illustration, literature, poetry, translation

Fleur Jaeggy’s Cat

Susan Sontag calls her savage, Josef Brodsky calls her extraordinary,  and the Paris Review calls her book downright lovely. There isn’t much one can add to that. Fleur Jaeggy’s latest collection, translated by Gini Alhadeff, is out next month and you

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Posted in books, translation

books and roses, bread and roses

It’s books and roses day again tomorrow!  Is it even possible to choose one book to celebrate? Elena Ferrante’s The Story of The Lost Child has made both the Man Booker International Shortlist  AND the three percent Best Translated Book Award 2016

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Posted in Best Translated Book Award, books, Man Booker 2013, translation

70 Years of Victory in Europe: Māori stories

Millions of non-Europeans are only starting to get the recognition they deserve for their contribution to the end of “the world’s war in Europe”.  You might know that 1.5 million Indians fought alongside 5m Brits at the end of empire,

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Posted in history, international, translation

through different lenses: best translated book award 2014

Seeing the same author through the (rose-tinted, mirrored, bi- or tri-focal?) lenses of different translators is a refreshing, if potentially disorienting, experience. This year’s Best Translated Book Award (BTBA) allows the reader to do just that. The interesting thing about this years’

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Posted in Best Translated Book Award, books, international, literature, poetry, translation

april fish!

Happy April Fool’s Day! If you’re English, you’ve only got till noon to play your tricks or you’re the fool. If you’re over the channel, your day may involve April Fish, usually made of paper and attached to someone’s back

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