Monthly Archives: November 2015


Translators as Literary Characters

Translators are essential presences in literature (it is obvious that, without them, we wouldn’t have access to many of the literary creations in the whole wide world), but the nature of their job requires them to be extremely discrete. Nevertheless, there are a few novels in which the translators step out from the shadow and [...]

By |November 16th, 2015|Literature|3 Comments

Javier Marias on Translations

I’ve fallen utterly and deeply in love with the books of Javier Marias, a Spanish writer and translator you may have heard of (if not, go to the library or order his novels or short stories right now!). I recommend: A Heart So White, Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, Dark Back of Time, [...]

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Damp Squid

Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare, by Jeremy Butterfield, Oxford University Press, 2009* A book for those of you who are passionate about English or for those interested in upgrading your skills by reading specialised literature. The author has a humorous and informative approach to the wonders of the English language, with lots of [...]

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Collaboration between Authors and Translators

Ed Teja, the author of the short story Imitating Art, which I recently translated, writes on his blog: I'm having fun working with translators, getting stories out in various languages. Part of the fun is the various people you get to interact with. A woman in Izmir is translating a short story into Turkish and [...]

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