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T. E. Lawrence in the Forest of Translation

by Samuel E. Martin

In what follows, I’d like to come at the question of translation indirectly, by way of what is a mistranslation of sorts, or at least a deliberate malentendu. Of all the theories that have sprung up around the dedication “To S. A.” of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T. E. Lawrence’s memoir of the Arab Revolt, the most enduring – and convincing – identifies the mystery person as Selim Ahmed, the young Syrian boy with whom Lawrence… READ MORE

The Inca Conquest of Europe: History and “History” in Laurent Binet’s Civilizations

by Vincent Kling

As if to raise the stakes on a venture already difficult enough, Binet in Civilisations meshes recorded history with counterfactual narratives in which Columbus and his men are captured and killed by the Incas, and in the next generation, an Inca emperor, Atahualpa, guided by Machiavelli’s The Prince, conquers Europe and wages war there with the later-arriving Aztecs. As the Americas were the scene of domination by Europe, so is Europe now the battleground of Inca and Aztec wars… READ MORE

Taking a Little Art into Your Own Hands

by Dawson F. Campbell

The little art: the craft of translation as dubbed by Helen Lowe-Porter; as written by Kate Briggs, a book on that craft: This Little Art (2017)Briggs (author, translator, teacher) made waves on the literary scene with her deep, erudite, and often eccentric meditation on the art of translation—how she experiences it, how others have too. These waves ripple to this day, as evidenced by her award from the Windham Campbell Prizes which… READ MORE

Queer History Behind the Iron Curtain: Remigiusz Ryziński’s Foucault in Warsaw

Tara Wanda Merrigan interviews translator Sean Gasper Bye

Foucault in Warsaw, translated from the Polish by Sean Gasper Bye, investigates the year Michel Foucault spent in Warsaw, where the young Foucault was working as a cultural attache for the French government and finishing his dissertation, but was expelled under mysterious circumstances in 1959. Starting from a cryptic reference in the History of Madness  “in the stubborn, bright sun of Polish liberty” – author Remigiusz Ryziński pieces together… READ MORE

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