The State Of Translation In America (New York Review)

07/15/2010 04:35 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The New York Review of Books

Americans do not read enough foreign fiction. The accusation is made by Aleksander Hemon in his anthology Best European Fiction 2010, and again by Edith Grossman, celebrated translator of Don Quixote, as well as many other Spanish works, in her Yale lectures, Why Translation Matters. Only 3 to 5 percent of books published in the US are translations, we are told.

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