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The Art and Craft of Translation

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow

The Art and Craft of Translation

Ann Goldstein

Join Ann Goldstein—translator of works by Elena Ferrante, Primo Levi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Alessandro Baricco—for a lecture on the art and craft of translation, with examples from the broad range of works she has translated from Italian. Goldstein will offer audience members a peek into the complex considerations of translators with an analysis of two translated sentences from Primo Levi's The Truce.

There will be no books for sale during this event, but audience members are invited to bring their own copies of works translated by Ann Goldstein for her to sign.

Ann Goldstein is an editor at the New Yorker and translator of works by Primo Levi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Elena Ferrante, and Alessandro Baricco, among others. She edited a three-volume English publication of the complete works of Primo Levi in 2015. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and awards from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her English translation of Elena Ferrante’s The Story of the Lost Child was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize.

In its early years, the Athenæum collected materials in many languages, including Latin, French, and German. Today the library collects works primarily in English, including new works in translation such as Reputations by Spanish author Juan Gabriel Vásquez and translated by Anne McLean, Judas by Israeli author Amos Oz and translated by Nicholas de Lange, and The Story of the Lost Child by Italian author Elena Ferrante and translated by Ann Goldstein.

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