If you appreciate the discipline of literary translation and enjoy the process of collecting trivia facts, this brief, fun quiz combines both of those knowledge bases.
For the sixtieth (!!) edition of the WAAT newsletter, I thought we might try a fun trivia quiz. No email or private information is required. Your scores are not going to be stored anywhere either. “Fun” is very much the operative word here.
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Just make sure you select a response for each question if you want to see the responses at the end. After you submit, you can click a button to check your score against the correct answers, and see an overall response summary too.
The answers at the end all have source links with more fascinating facts that you might also enjoy. I went down some fascinating rabbit holes with this, er, research. Some of these questions will likely make their way into individual newsletters.
Before I forget: I’ll be at the Dallas Literary Festival this coming weekend with translators extraordinaire Sean Cotter and Shelby Vincent. We’ll be talking about the art of literary translation and reading from our recent works. It’s live and in-person. May be recorded (if so, I’ll share that later too.) If you’re in the Dallas area, come along? Details here.
And a previous live event I did locally where I discussed literary translation again was just aired as an Inner Moonlight podcast episode. As usual, I got on my soapbox about a couple of things. Have a listen.
And have you checked out the brand-new dedicated page for this newsletter? Make sure to scroll to where you can search by topic or language.
Back to the quiz: I’d love to know your thoughts about any of these questions/topics. Or any other little-known facts about literary translation that you might like to share. Please drop them in the discussion area below.