Natasha Wimmer is Better at Translating Than You.
Chances are, you’ve never translated a book before. Then again if you’re Jack Hirschman and you’re reading this, I’m totally wrong (the SF Poet Laureate has translated from over 8 languages!). That’s ok, I’ve never translated a book either. But Natasha Wimmer has, and the the book she worked on, Roberto BolaÃ±o’s 2666, got the National Book Critic Novel of the Year Award. Sure that’s no “Best of the Bay” award, but it’s not bad.
Tomorrow, October 6th Wimmer will be doing a FREE lunchtime reading and discussion at 111 Minna. From 12:30-1:30, head on down and bring your lunch and get a behind the scenes perspective on the translation process.
I’d love to go myself, but I’m currently in NY preparing for the Fuck the Recession Party. Don’t forget to tell your friends!