The subtle art of translating foreign fiction

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Stephanie Mitchel  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 19:29
French to English
Worth a read Jul 29, 2016

Thanks for flagging this article - it includes interviews with Edith Grossman, Ann Goldstein, Deborah Smith, and more current 'stars' in literary translation, all of whom appear to be surprised by their success and who touch on how they got started and what their process is. Granted it's all a bit abbreviated, but a good read nonetheless.


Teresa Borges
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Good read Jul 29, 2016

I just love what George Szirtes says: ‘No one will ever read you as closely as your translator does’...


United Kingdom
Local time: 00:29
Serbian to English
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touché Jul 30, 2016

Teresa Borges wrote:

I just love what George Szirtes says: ‘No one will ever read you as closely as your translator does’...


Or, sometimes even more closely than the author himself - I once asked for a clarification to be told by the author: "I missed that, I should've reread it once more!"


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