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International Translation Day BB Archive

International Translation Day 2015, held at the British Library, opened with buzzing euphoria. It is rare for a single book, let alone a translation, to generate such widespread excitement across the publishing industry. Joel Dicker’s […]

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Fiction

Patrick Modiano: public novelist, private man Spotlight

Patrick Modiano is a private man who remains aloof from the Parisian literati; a refreshing antithesis to the self-promoting writer blasting forth at every opportunity. “Writing is a strange and solitary activity. There are dispiriting […]

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4Translation

Fabrizio Gatti, Bilal: On the Road with Illegal Immigrants 4Translation

Although not a recent release, Bilal: On the Road with Illegal Immigrants remains as timely today as when it was first published. In 2011 I was commissioned to report on a Bilal: Sur la route […]

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Interview

Florent Massot, independent publisher Interview

Independent publisher, Florent Massot, the visionary maverick who first published Virginie Despentes and Valérie Trierweiler; Kurt Cobain and Mike Tyson in French, talks to Georgia de Chamberet. Baise-moi (Fuck Me) by Despentes, his first hit […]

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Legacy Agency

Top 5 Reads from Grub Street Reading Lists

Writing is a tiring business requiring energy and sustaining snacks. Chekhov had a weakness for oysters, Proust knocked back espressos, Sartre went nuts for halva and H. P. Lovecraft relished spaghetti bolognese smothered in parmesan […]

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A Tribute to Anthony Aris BB Archive

Tibetan & Himalayan Healing: An Anthology for Anthony Aris, published by Vajra Books, Kathmandu, was launched on Anthony’s birthday. “Authors get the light, publishers stay in the shade – a famous twinned Tibetan concept, nyin […]

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Explorations

Translation in the UK: Boom Not Bust Spotlight

Translation in the UK In a piece for The Swedish Book Review published in 1997, I stated that, “Roughly 3% of the titles published in the UK every year are translations (as opposed to 30-40% […]