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Upcoming podcast series
30 July – 05 November | Bridging the Divide: Translation & the Art of Empathy
The podcast line-up features award-winning, bestselling authors from across Europe, including Lars Mytting, J.S. Margot, Tommy Wieringa, Manuel Vilas and Tahar Ben Jelloun, as well as interviews with their publishers Christopher MacLehose – the man behind Nordic Noir – Adam Freudenheim, Philip Gwyn Jones and Michael Schmidt.
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Find out the answers to the following questions, and more . . .
♥ Can you tell us what Mazel Tov means?
♥ Editing translations is a special skill. What was the first translation of Stieg Larsson like? Did you have to do a lot of editing?
♥ What were your sources for the pagan, Viking and Christian folklore myths and legends referenced in The Bell in the Lake?
♥ You seem to make a habit of writing about marginalised characters. What drew you to the subject and themes of The Blessed Rita?
♥ Can you briefly describe for our listeners the roots of terrorism in France, and what are its intentions?
♥ Léger clearly emphasised with the performance artist Pippa Bacca and her savage murder. How does translation unite people and increase our capacity to empathise with others?
♥ How easy is to forgive a regime and one’s former torturers?
♥ What type of person do you think makes a very good translator?
♥ Publishing classics requires a special acuity. What makes a classic?
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