A Handbook for Literary Translators
Thread poster: Roomy Naqvy

Roomy Naqvy  Identity Verified
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Dec 7, 2001


Please see the following link where you can find an online edition of the Literary Handbook for Literary Translators [and even to download] of the PEN American Centre.


Best wishes

Roomy Naqvy


Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
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Excellent referral Roomy Dec 7, 2001


A must for each and every literary translator.


Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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Thank you Roomy Dec 7, 2001

It is very helpful,



Claudia Esteve  Identity Verified
United States
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That's what I call great! Dec 7, 2001

Thanks so much for your suggestion Roomy. It\'s really informative and interesting.


Isabel Peralta  Identity Verified
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Thanks a million, Roomy! Dec 16, 2001

Thanks, it is great that you share this info with us...It is nice to know that there are still a bunch of people out there who still try to be helpful and cooperative with others!


Gianfranco Zecchino  Identity Verified
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Dec 17, 2001

Thank you very much, Roomy.

Cooperation is the way, and I\'ll do my part whenever I can.


Dana Sackett Lössl  Identity Verified
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Where can I find it? Oct 1, 2010

Does anyone have of a copy of this or know where it is still posted on the Internet? It seems it is no longer available on PEN's website.


Marie-Céline GEORG  Identity Verified
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It's still online Oct 1, 2010

The handbook is still on the PEN site: http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/271
I don't know why, but it seems to be accessible only through the search function, I couldn't find the corresponding menu on the start page.


Henry Dotterer
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New link Jul 31, 2013

I guess it is here, at least for now:


Josephine Cassar  Identity Verified
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Thank you Roomy and Henry Jul 31, 2013

Thank you both for the link. It is very useful and shows how a contract should be; I was asked to translate a book, which I would love to do, but the contract was very one-sided- it offered a miserly rate of $0.008, then royalties begin after 10,000, at 1%, and shared between translators of the book, as I won't be doing it all; they need the translation soon. There was nothing written how I am to check for number of books sold either. I am sorry not to be doing the translation, but the contract was too wordy, seemed to cover the agency only, and no advance payment either, as in that contract. Very short and includes everything a serious agency should put, to the benefit of the translator and the agency. Thank you very much for posting-came at the right time too.


Sarah McDowell  Identity Verified
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The link doesn't work Aug 6, 2013

Henry Dotterer wrote:

I guess it is here, at least for now:

I can't get the link that Henry posted to work for me. Can someone please help me access this book?



Edward Lipsett  Identity Verified
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You can access the HTML files here:

There may be a copy of the DOC file there somewhere, too.


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