The following comes from an email interview exchange with Boris Dralyuk about his recent translation of Bessarabian Stamps (Phoneme Media) by the late Moldovan author Oleg Woolf. Originally in Russian, The Stamps is a cycle of sixteen stories set mostly in the village of Sănduleni—a vivid but liminal world whose denizens are in permanent flux, forever shifting languages, cultures, […]
“Night is falling or about to fall. It’s getting dark. Semi-dark. They are on the side of the road. The land around is bare, sparse with dots of short brush, shrubs. This is bad. It’s not safe to be on the side of the road in rural Transkei after dark. The dark is coming […]
Translator Jethro Soutar discusses his new translation of Equatorial Guinean writer Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel’s novel By Night the Mountain Burns.
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Two poems by Colombian nadaísta poet X-504, translated from the Spanish by David Shook.
Daniel Lisi talks to Morgan Phillips about Linux Poetry, computational linguistics, and the kernel.
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Mexican poet José Juan Tablada’s poem “Southern Cross,” translated from the French into English by David Shook and into Spanish by Octavio Paz.
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Elizabeth Mandeel takes her extensive international experience into account as she considers literary translation.