Links Roundup, April 8 – 12


Three Percent has announced the finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards. For fiction: For poetry:

The spring issue of Source is out; great archive of previous issues, too.



“One of best novels […] that will appear in English, in the original or translation, in 2013.”

“Some translators are also artists in their own right.” Bethany W. Pope reviews Ko Un’s First Person Sorrowful.

Three Percent on why Abdourahman A. Waberi’s “Transit” is a winning novel.

Looks like translator Edith Grossman has done it again, and author Santiago Roncagliolo deserves some credit, too.

The novels of Chilean Alejandro Zambra “are written with startling talent.”

“Wolf turns to the only tool she knows for righting (writing) the world.” Josh Billings on the merits of Christa Wolf.


Readings & Discussions

“I decided that literary translation must be the hardest kind of writing there was” – Lucas Klein

“It can be difficult working with publishers or editors who do not […] recognize the value of a good translation”

“Every word is a decision.” – Gioia Guerzoni

A brief talk with the Yiddish Book Center’s newly named Translation Fellows.

“The machine knows it’s good, / and it knows / it can’t help itself.”

“I dislike it when reviewers don’t recognise the translator’s contribution” – Katy Derbyshire

A hub for ‘Mediterranean lit’ …in Malta.

It took Twitter & Facebook to put these languages in writing; when will the novels come?

Intralingo tackles the sticky, tricky issue of regional English variants in translation.

“The downpour has begun, O Conqueror, O Provider.” Writing from Iraq in the April issue of Words Without Borders.

The Kenyon Review’s Weekend Reads series presents Alex Epstein, translated by ALTA’s own Becka Mara McKay.

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