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Crossing Borders: Stories and Essays about Translation

Publisher: Seven Stories Press
BISAC/Subject: LCO010000, FIC003000, LAN023000
ISBN: 9781609807924, Related ISBNs: 160980791X, 1609807928, 9781609807917, 9781609807924
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 320,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: In Joyce Carol Oates’s story “The Translation,” a traveler to an Eastern European country falls in love with a woman he gets to know through an interpreter. In Lydia Davis’s “French Lesson I: Le Meurtre,” what begins as a lesson in beginner’s French takes a sinister turn. In the essay “On Translating and Being Translated,” Primo Levi addresses the joys and difficulties awaiting the translator. Lynne Sharon Schwartz’s Crossing Borders: Stories and Essays About Translation gathers together thirteen stories and five essays that explore the compromises, misunderstandings, traumas, and reconciliations we act out and embody through the art of translation. Guiding her selection is Schwartz’s marvelous eye for finding hidden gems, bringing together Levi, Davis, and Oates with the likes of Michael Scammell, Harry Mathews, Chana Bloch, and so many other fine and intriguing voices.

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