Natasha Lehrer, award-winning translator and writer, talks to Elodie Rose Barnes about translation theory, Oulipo writers, the joy of translating poetry and the brilliance of French author Nathalie Léger’s prose.
Sympathising with the marginalised, Lorca wrote spirited plays featuring aspirational but oppressed women who sought freedom, pleasure and solace under the cover of night. Here, in the first essay of her mini series, Toni Roberts explores Lorca’s rural trilogy, reflecting on his heroines’ relationship to the night – and day.
In the second of her self-conceived series, The Dinner Party Reloaded, a virtual dinner party with selected artists and writers, Susanna Crossman meets acclaimed authors Haleh Agar, Sara Collins and Irenosen Okojie to discuss their work, their love for fiction, anime, the poetry of Derek Walcott, Han Kang and Kei Miller, and much more.
In Annie McDermott’s superb translation of Selva Almada’s journalistic novel, Dead Girls, the story of three young women murdered in 1980s Argentina asks how long will the world stand by and remain silent about violence to women?
Elodie Rose Barnes explores Europa28, Comma Press’ anthology of women’s writing on the future of Europe, and in a very special interview talks to two of its translators, Ruth Clarke and Katy Derbyshire about the anthology, the nuances of translation and the importance of translated stories in our time.
In this first instalment of her self-conceived series, Life in Languages, Elodie Rose Barnes considers how texts in translation have made an impact on her life and writing, especially during lockdown, and sees the art of translation as a bridge in the era of physical distancing.
Saskia Vogel’s beautifully written debut, Permission, is about sex, power, and, yes, BDSM. But it’s also about grief, belonging and the healing that comes from such intimacy, writes our guest editor Elodie Rose Barnes.
Dancer, singer, actress, activist and spy: Josephine Baker took both the stage and lectern by storm, as beautifully and boldly conceived in Catel and Bocquet’s graphic novel. But when it comes to her queer relationships they’re decidedly silent, writes our reviewer Gabriela Frost.