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May Translation News Roundup

The latest and greatest from the world of translated literature.


Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and translator Jennifer Croft have won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for Flights.

Isabel Fargo Cole won the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize for her translation of Wolfgang Hilbig’s Old Rendering Plant.

The Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize shortlist has been announced.

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature has been “postponed” until 2019.


Words Without Borders celebrates 15 years.

Philip Roth has passed away at age 85. In addition to being a major American novelist, Roth was a force for translated literature.

The latest fascinating Best Translated Book Award stats.

The remarkable, prize-winning rise of Australian small publishers.

Exciting European fiction in English translation coming your way.

Georgia is this year’s Guest of Honor at the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

A plea to save Barnes & Noble for the good of literary culture.

Sending a library of 1500 world languages to the moon.

Helsinki gets an amazing new library.

Reading List

Ten translators on what makes a good translation.

An excerpt from the Man Booker International Prize-winning Flights

A rare conversation with the cult Chinese writer Xi Xi.

An interview with Isabel Fargo Cole on her prize-winning translation.

Three Percent’s series on “Why This Book Should Win the Best Translated Book Award,” including write-ups on two Two Lines Press titles shortlisted for the award!

Some of Japan’s under-appreciated women writers.

The summer reading list posts begin.

How translators of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” turn an assault into a consensual encounter.

Is it ever too late to become fluent in a foreign language?

An interview with editor Sara Kramer of NYRB.

Reassessing Pablo Neruda.

Upcoming Events

June 1 | The San Francisco Silent Film Festival began yesterday and continues through June 3. The Center for the Art of Translation helped sponsor Bradley Schmidt’s translation of the intertitles for the German film Mother Krause’s Journey to Happiness, showing the evening of June 1.

June 4 | Join East Bay Booksellers’ Diesel Readers Book Group in discussing Icelandic author Auður Ólafsdóttir’s Hotel Silence, translated by Brian Fitzgibbon.