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A Starter Guide to Lit in Translation

by Rachel Levitt

Tags: Great Writing, creative nonfiction, books and publishers, essay writing, fiction, poetry, book reviews, literature in translation, foreign literature, The Hudson Review,

For the Winter 2009 issue of The Hudson Review, the quarterly's editors have assembled a primer on non-English works from around the world. This "Translation Issue" is a heady collection, featuring excerpts from seemingly every genre and time period: classics like Antigone and Le Cid up through A Doll's House; 19th century Japanese and Russian poetry; elegant contemporary reviews on books about language; and much, much more. Such a phenomenal swath of literary history in a single volume can't help but whet the appetite for more translated works (works that Utne, incidentally, has been championing for some time).