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Translating Eastern European Science Fiction (Part 2)

by Chris Clarke

Well, when I wrote to Lem, when Lem offered that I should translate him, I said, Well, I’m not a writer. I had written some stuff, but it had ended up being thrown in the garbage. So I had concluded that I was not a writer. But then some of the translations were very successful, and a lot of people praised them. It was really kind of surprising and gratifying. And then I began to think, well, maybe in some way I am a writer… READ MORE

Motherhood is an Earthquake

by Helen Zuckerman

Jazmina Barrera’s newest book, Linea Nigra, expertly translated by Christina MacSweeney, is itself somewhere between the delight of a fresh fruit and the detonation of a bomb, and I have tried and failed to review it objectively. I read it in a day, just weeks past my 32nd birthday, while in Guatemala for a Spanish course, in translation, with reproductive rights at home being burned to the ground as I read, on Mother’s Day. When I was done, I didn’t know whether to call my mother, my partner, or the primordial gods. READ MORE

Being Me Being You: Jhumpa Lahiri discusses her new collection of essays on translation

An interview with Carolina Iribarren

I think translation is so important, and beautiful, because it insists on recognizing difference, from the translator’s point of view: it insists on appreciating the difference of the other language, the culture that you’re translating—and also creates difference, creates a different text, which reads and operates according to different rules and different means… READ MORE

Translating Eastern European Science Fiction (Part 1)

by Chris Clarke

Lem wrote a big, big book of essays on science fiction, and responded to a lot of American science fiction, which he read. And he was a pretty good critic, I think. He often tended to be negative, which the science fiction writers didn’t like, because they felt that he was hurting their sales or something. I don’t know. And then there was a personal problem between Philip K. Dick and Lem, I think Philip K. Dick said that Lem didn’t exist or something like that… READ MORE

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