Friday, November 10, 2006

Not Translation Nation

At a PEN literary conference at the New School a couple of years ago, Rick Moody made the trenchant point that America is principally an export society, sending its cultural and literary products out into the world without showing any real interest in receiving into its borders the products of other nations. How true. Dalkey Archive has made a formidable effort to remedy this imbalance and I recommend our readers to suppport this fine imprint. They translate contemporary fiction and the books are consistently top notch. Their website is and they have a fine supplementary on-line journal called CONTEXT (you can find a free print version here and there as well).It's time to see what the writers in Bulgaria and Cameroon are up to.

j curley

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