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Postcard fiction and style in translation

For my blog on what’s being published about Italy and what Italians are writing, go to its new home at www.literarylifeinitaly.co. Read on if you want to know more about the mechanics of translation, or if you just fancy a laugh out loud at some funny postcard fiction translated from Italian into English. Asymptote and First…

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Three-sugar Thursday and a bit of Footing

 How to drink coffee like a local Not every day starts with three sugars…but it did today. Today is Thursday. That makes it three-sugar Thursday.  A good day. Even though it’s raining out. Happiness is not just the smell of early morning coffee….from the village bar on a misty, rain-spattered morning in a cute corner…

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Italian children’s books (not) in translation (yet) ACQUA DOLCE

ACQUA DOLCE by Andrea Bouchard, published in the Italian by Adriano Salani Editore. http://www.salani.it/generi/ragazzi/acqua_dolce_9788884516985.php Here’s a little taste of a great wee Italian children’s book (not in translation, yet) that I just can’t stop talking about. A full English translation is actually ready and just looking for a home. Any takers?   ACQUA DOLCE … the…

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A quick look at Italian books in translation

There’s lots of life in Italian literature and I’ve decided to bring little nuggets of Italian Literary Life and tips on the great Italian books to anyone who enjoys reading in Italian or who would like to help me make my case for some of the chosen texts to be translated into English! I’m finding…

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ITD 2013: Pitching Perfectly, knees knocking and all

The best journeys are the ones that pull into stations you weren’t expecting, and on my journey into literary translation the route plan has offered up a few surprises. Intent on studying, attending translation events, reading publishing news, polishing my profile and generally getting a feel for the industry, I was all set to go…

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Uplifting stories in Italian and English

Stories. Good ones. Bad ones. Ugly ones. Stories that make you go aww. Stories that make you mad and stories that make you sad. Stories that stay with you because they don’t seem to want to go away. I read a couple of special stories recently, of the kind that stay with you. Stories that…

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Literary high jinks…for little people too

This has been a summer of literary high jinks for me, from the trials and tribulations of translation summer school in London to the excitement of entering the authors’ yurt at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (Thanks Charles Oppenheim https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/blueprint-debate-copyright). In this summer of words, the ones that stuck out the most were both the quirky…

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Journeys

Well, it’s taken a while, but four months after getting a website and posting my first blog… I’m back with another one. Hmmm… two blogs in six months… that wasn’t really quite what I’d envisioned to be honest when I embarked on this journey in March. In my head I was going to start jotting…

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