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2015/8/8 — 14:30

【Text by Patty Nash】

This week's literary highlights from across the world

We're sure lots of Asymptoters are having happy Fridays, ever since the NEA Literary Translation Fellowships have been announced. The list of awardees is practically littered with Asymptote's best friends: Chinese translator Jeremy Tiang, the journal's frequent contributor, Maia Evrona for her translations of  Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever, which have appeared on the blog, Kit Schluter, for his translations of French writer Marcel Schwob—of which a Mime has made a blog appearance, as well as Italian translator Will Schutt, readable in our latest issue here. In addition, the NEA's extending its institutional arm of support to our friends at Open Letter Books, Words Without Borders, and the Center for the Art of Translation—home of Two Lines! Exciting news for all involved, but the news's most exciting for those who get to read the resulting work. Awards are nice—but let's talk process. At the Quietus, Jen Calleja talks about translating German writer Gregor Hens's Nicotine into English—lots of the perennial translator anxiety: is it creation or betrayal? And take a look at our colleagues at Words Without Borders's latest issue, which features a special interest in writing from Indonesia. And Yan Lianke, China's most censored fiction writer,has published another book (in English translation by Carlos Rojas!)dubbed his "riskiest yet." This week witnessed the sad passing of one of literary translation's greatest champions and practitioners, German-language translator and editor Carol Brown Janeway. Read the obit from Knopf Doubleday here. Like traveling, and reading? (Armchair travel possible through Asymptote, naturally.) You're in luck: a hostel in Japan couples both beds and bookshelves. And you've obviously read Camus's The Stranger, and perhaps even its riff, the much-buzzed-about prizewinning Kamel Daoud's The Meursault Investigation. But even without French existentialism, you can be an existentialist. Here's a guide to existentialism for millennials (ugh, I know).

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