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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Thursday Fiction Corner: Our 2015 Best Translated Book Award Nominees!

A huge congratulations to Dalkey Archive Press and East Slope Publishing, our distributed client presses, for making the 2015 Best Translated Book Award Fiction Longlist and Poetry Longlist!

According to Three Percent:

these twenty-five titles will be narrowed down to a select group of finalists on Tuesday, May 5th, and the winner will be announced at a panel during BEA on Wednesday, May 27th. As always, thanks to Amazon.com’s grant, the winning author and translator will each receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Fiction Longlist

The Author and Me by Éric Chevillard, translated from the French by Jordan Stump (France, Dalkey Archive Press)

Works by Edouard Levé, translated from the French by Jan Steyn (France, Dalkey Archive Press)

Snow and Shadow by Dorothy Tse, translated from the Chinese by Nicky Harman (Hong Kong, East Slope Publishing)

Poetry Longlist

Soy Realidad by Tomaž Šalamun, translated from the Slovenian by Michael Thomas Taren (Slovenia, Dalkey Archive)

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Check out some of our previous blogposts about the value of literature in translation below!

Words Without Borders interview with Susan Bernofsky, co-editor of IN TRANSLATION: Translators on Their Work and What It Means

World Literature Today interview with IN TRANSLATION editors Susan Bernofsky and Esther Allen

The Value of Publishing Translation

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Thursday Fiction Corner: An Interview with Dorothy Tse, author of Snow and Shadow

Snow and Shadow, Dorothy Tse

“I don’t regard my stories as departing from conventionally understood reality. I think humans are adapting and transforming themselves in radical ways. If we can eat meat made in a science lab, then it’s possible for a woman to change into a fish.”—Dorothy Tse

The following is an interview with Dorothy Tse, author of the short story collection Snow and Shadow. In a review of the book, Joyelle McSweeney wrote, “”I’m stunned by the resolve, accomplishment, and strangeness of this vision. Tse joins the ranks of artists currently remaking the world.”

The interview originally appeared on the book’s website, where you can also read excerpts from the collection.

Question: Can you envision the ideal reader of your fiction—in terms of background, education level, tolerance for gruesome imagery, or any other traits you think matter? Stated otherwise, what attributes does a reader need to have to fully appreciate and understand what you are communicating in Snow and Shadow?

Dorothy Tse: One of the privileges of being a writer is that you don’t have an audience in front of you as you write. I don’t want to sacrifice this freedom by imagining an actual reader. Plus, any reader that I can imagine will never be as creative and complex as the actual readers I may have.

Q: Which eastern and western authors do you consider to be your primary influences?

DT: I do not distinguish between Eastern and Western authors. When I was young, I liked reading fairy tales from anywhere—sometimes stories in the Bible gave me a similar kind of enjoyment. But my formal consciousness came from reading mainland fiction writers who exploded on the scene in the 1980s. After mainland China had had a closed-door policy for decades, these Chinese writers were influenced suddenly by writers from around the world, such as Kawabata, Márquez, and Kafka. The subsequent formal experiments by these Chinese writers felt like looking into a kaleidoscope.

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Andrew Nathan on His First Trip to China

My First Trip to China, Andrew NathanMy First Trip to China: Scholars, Diplomats, and Journalists Reflect on their First Encounters with China, edited by Kin-ming Liu, includes an essay by Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and more recently the author of China’s Search for Security.

In the essay, which is also posted on an accompanying site hosted on China File, describes his first trip to Maoist-dominated China in 1973. Nathan writes:

A three-week program of visits to production brigades, factories, industrial exhibitions, neighborhood committees, department stores, schools, universities, and the occasional classic tourist site, moving from Guangzhou to Beijing, then to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and back to Guangzhou. At each unit we sat in an arc of chairs or around a table, received a jiandan jieshao (simple introduction) from a “leading cadre,” took detailed notes, asked earnest questions, and walked through the facility trying to peer behind the façade of Maoist correctness for signs of real life.

Among other things Nathan, who traveled with other professors and young U.S. scholar, came under suspicion from Chinese academics for a reference he made in his book as well as Chinese officials who thought he was taking taking photographs of propaganda posters.

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Graham Russell Gao Hodges on the life and career of Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong

In an interview with Sexy Beijing, Professor Graham Russell Gao Hodges, author of Anna May Wong: From Laundryman’s Daughter to Hollywood Legend discusses the brilliant career, personal struggles, and historical importance of Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American Hollywood icon. Born in Los Angeles to second-generation Chinese immigrants, Wong eventually became well-known through her roles in silent films, notably The Thief of Baghdad, her roles in early sound films, notablyDaughter of the Dragon and Shanghai Express, as well as for her reputation as a fashion icon and an embodiment of the flapper era. Despite her fame, however, Wong was forced to fight discrimination in Hollywood throughout her career, and she rarely was given the kind of starring roles that her talent and fame merited.

Check out other great titles from Hong Kong University Press!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

New Book Tuesday: Americans and Macao and More

Our weekly list of new titles now available from Columbia University Press and our distributed presses: Americans and Macao

Americans and Macao: Trade, Smuggling and Diplomacy on the South China Coast
Edited by Paul A. Van Dyke

“Of Laws of Ships and Shipmen”: Medieval Maritime Law and its Practice in Urban Northern Europe
Edda Frankot