Category: Literature

Museum Quality Books: Sculpting with Shadow

Mark Polizzotti has translated more than forty books from French, including the newly released Suspended Sentences by this year’s Nobel laureate in literature, Patrick Modiano.  Mark wrote a lovely commentary on translating… READ MORE

Bram Stoker’s Birthday and Vampire Lore

Bram Stoker’s Birthday and Vampire Lore

Paul Barber— On November 8, we celebrate the birthday of Bram Stoker. Stoker’s novel Dracula, published in 1897, had a tremendous influence on vampire-novels although, like other fiction of this… READ MORE

Quiet Resonance: Translating Patrick Modiano

Quiet Resonance: Translating Patrick Modiano

Mark Polizzotti— At first blush, the qualities suggested by Patrick Modiano’s fictions do not shout “Nobel.” Unlike Sartre (the laureate malgre lui), with his grand philosophical pronouncements, or France’s previous… READ MORE

What Makes Moby-Dick a Classic?

What Makes Moby-Dick a Classic?

The first edition of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick came out in London as The Whale on this day in 1851. But what makes Moby-Dick, or any text, a classic and what do we… READ MORE

A Conversation with Tim Parks

A Conversation with Tim Parks

Shortly before his death in 1837, Giacomo Leopardi, a prolific Italian writer, translator, and thinker, began to organize a small, thematic collection of his writings in an attempt to give… READ MORE

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