Welcome to National Translation Month 2019! We’re so excited to share with you the new translations and events we scheduled for this month, celebrating translators and foreign authors from around the globe.
For the 7th edition of NTM, we have selected exquisite translations of poetry and prose written in French, Hungarian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Italian, Polish, and Bengali; several works that received PEN/Heim Translation Grants in 2018 and 2019, such as an excerpt from the novel One Left by Kim Sum, translated from the Korean by the powerhouse duo Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton; an excerpt from the impressive translation by Hope Campbell Gustafson of the novel Il comandante del fiume by the award-winning author of Italian-Somali descent, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah; an excerpt from the novel Swedish by the accomplished novelist Gábor Schein, translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet; and short stories from the collections The Book of Cairo and The Book of Tehran (Comma Press, 2018 and 2019). The themes range from love to war, from censorship to displacement, from life and death to the objects that surround us. We hope you’ll be delighted and surprised every day in September, discovering new worlds with each new text.
Throughout the month, NTM will also hold events across the U.S. and promote translators and their work through targeted social media campaigns. Check out our web site every day for more exciting announcements, translation news, events info, and premieres. We hope you’ll join the celebrations! To participate in #TranslationMonth 2019, visit our web site for ideas or submit your event by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll list it on our site and advertise it on social media and in our newsletters.
We’d love to hear from you! Find us on Twitter @TranslateMonth, share your favorite translations using #TranslationMonth, join our mailing list, or like our Facebook page.
To get started, here is a new selection of poems by Sylvie Kandé, an award-winning French poet and scholar, translated by the accomplished poet and translator Alexander Dickow, winner of a 2018 PEN/Heim Translation Grant. We loved the richness of language and imagery in these unforgettable poems, and we hope they’ll become your new favorites. Happy National Translation Month and happy reading!
—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman