And in case you want to mark your calendars for next week’s translation events as well, here they are:
• Monday, October 21: Blinding: A Bilingual Reading and Discussion with 2013 Best Translated
Book Award winning translator Sean Cotter and author Mircea Cărtărescu at the Barnard Center for Translation Studies (James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall, Barnard College), 7:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, Oct. 22: A Swedish Literary Icon: The Writings of Stig Dagerman, featuring Dagerman’s translator Steven Hartman along with Siri Hustvedt and me, Translationista, serving in my capacity as PEN Translation Committee Chair, moderated by Ann Kjellberg, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., 6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Oct. 23: Bridge Series: “Truth is A Story Someone Else Tells”: Translating Reportage
, with Daniella Gitlin (translator of Operation Massacre
by Rodolfo Walsh) and Max Weiss (translator of A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution
by Samar Yazbek), Barnard Center for Translation Studies (James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall, Barnard College), 7:00 p.m.
Yes, you will be going up to Barnard twice next week. If you’ve never been, it’s a pretty campus that you enter on Broadway at W. 117th St. (take the 1 to W. 116).
And I hope to see everyone on Park Ave. on Oct. 22 for the Stig Dagerman event. He’s a wrongly neglected writer who broke serious ground just after WWII when he traveled to Berlin to see how the bombed-out German civilians were faring, and found many people living e.g. in the freezing cellars of bombed-out buildings with standing water in them. His book German Autumn work made him immediately famous and later important to Sebald, but this literary wunderkind also deserves to be remembered as a novelist, story writer and poet.
And please mark your calendars for Oct. 30 as well, for the launch event for my translation of Jeremias Gotthelf’s great 19th century Swiss-German horror story The Black Spider.
I’ll be joined by artist Martha Friedman
, who’ll be doing a little arachnid show & tell. Please don’t hesitate to come in costume. McNally Jackson, 7:00 p.m.