Spotlight on Women in Iranian Literature: Excerpt from the Award-winning Novel Vis & I by Farideh Razi Translated from the Persian by Niloufar Talebi

We’re delighted to share an excerpt from the riveting novel Vis & I (l’Aleph, March 15, 2017), winner of the 1998 “Novel of the Year” Literature Award, written by the acclaimed Iranian writer Farideh Razi and translated from the Persian by the accomplished writer, translator, and multimedia artist Niloufar Talebi. Vis & I is an interior monologue during a harrowing cab ride through the streets of Tehran as Pardis rushes to the airport to stop her lover from leaving. Multiple narrative threads and flashbacks, real and imaginary voices–primarily that of Vis, the heroine of the Persian epic romance, Vis & Ramin–interweave in this gritty, postmodern love story. Vis & I poses the ultimate challenge: to exercise the strength of will that Vis has come to represent in the Iranian literary canon and psyche in the vindication of a forbidden love and being true to oneself. This is a compelling read we hope it will transport you. Happy National Translation Month and happy reading!

 —Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

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“Planet Tokyo,” a Novel by Claudia Golea Sumiya Translated from the Romanian by Ana Prundaru

Today, we’re delighted to present an excerpt from “Planet Tokyo” (Polirom, Romania, 1998), the debut novel of the Romanian-born writer Claudia Golea Sumiya who now lives in Japan, translated by another Romanian-born artist and writer who lives in Switzerland, Ana Prundaru. As Prundaru writes in her intro, the novel describes, “with radical honesty and deadpan humor, Golea Sumiya’s turbulent first year in Japan as a twenty-something-year-old student” and her struggle to build a new life first as a professional and then as a writer in a foreign country. We’re also excited to feature several of Ana Prundaru’s moody and intriguing collages on Japanese themes.

And remember, in September and beyond, take time to explore the world from your own living room through your favorite thought-provoking literary translations.

Let us know where they take you—we’d love to hear from you.

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

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#NTM2017 Premiere: Excerpts from the Award-winning Anthology Spanish Women of Wonder

Today we continue the premieres at #NTM2017 with two short stories excerpted
from the award-winning anthology of science fiction written by women in Spanish,
Spanish Women of Wonder (Palabristas, 2015) edited by Cristina Jurado and Leticia Lara. The Infestation by Felicidad Martínez presents a humorous and thrilling military space opera involving evolved plants. Techt by Sofía Rhei showcases a semiotic dystopia with a touch of cyberpunk, recalling novels such as Fahrenheit 451 or 1984. The translator, Sue Burke, does a wonderful job of capturing these two distinct voices. We hope you’ll agree and you’ll check out this mesmerizing collection.

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

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NTM Premiere: Chinese Science Fiction Translated by Ken Liu

Today’s post brings another National Translation Month premiere: for the first time since we started this project, we’re featuring the science fiction genre and would like to introduce our readers to the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets (Tor Books, 2016). The anthology is edited and translated by Ken Liu, winner of the Hugo Award in 2015. We’re delighted to publish an excerpt—the story titled The Fish of Lijiang by Chen Qiufan, originally published in English in the August 2011 issue of Clarkesworld—as well as Ken Liu’s introduction to the book offering insightful notes on context and process.

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know how you like our posts, or attend, share, and spread the word about our readings. Open your heart to new experiences and the beauty of the world, and celebrate its cultures and new voices using #NTM2017. Happy National Translation Month!

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

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