A coffin-maker and a clock that can make time go backwards bring magical realism to this novel

June 21, 2021 0 Comments

The bane of a coffin maker is the absence of a regular income. Hence, he fights a losing battle with a life lacking stability and security. A stretched calendar, seeming longer than twelve penurious months, is his working life. The black and red colour variations on the calendar hold no meaning for him and he …

Missed opportunity: What the debate about Amanda Gorman’s translators is really about

March 20, 2021 0 Comments

Translation is the territory of paradox. One of the central paradoxes, and one which runs through popular views of translation as much as it has occupied translation theorists, is the notion that a good translation is one where the reader cannot tell that it is a translation. In other words, a translation proves its worth, …