Here's part two of my response to a reader's question about the publicity and promotion of literary translation works. Also, there are a few interesting links at the end.
The WAAT Sessions is a new series of video conversations about literary translation. In WAAT Session 02, Nick Glastonbury, a translator of Turkish and Kurdish literature, discusses the whys and wherefores of elevating translations from underrepresented languages/cultures, his award-winning translation of Sema Kaygusuz’s Every Fire You Tend, being a jury member and then jury chair for the PEN/Heim Translation Grant, his recent favorite translated works, and more.
Please share your favorite translated work that isn't as well-known as it should be and deserves more attention. And what small step could you perhaps take to bring more attention to it? Also, read recommendations from other readers, writers, and translators about their favorite translated works that are still relatively unknown.
I had other plans for this week's topic. But the news of this morning about the attack on the author, Salman Rushdie, has left me a bit shaken. No, I don't know him and I've never met him. But I've probably read every book, every essay, and every interview of his. And all his tweets from 2017-onward when I started following him there. It's curious how a writer can have so much impact on your reading and writing life. I wouldn't even say he was among my top three favorite writers (although, among desi or South Asian writers, he's definitely at the top.)