Posted by: flexiblegoat | December 18, 2009

Translated fiction interviews

BBC Radio Scotland have done a short feature on the success of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, interviewing his UK Publisher, Christopher MacLehose, and the Editor of the Swedish Book Review, Sarah Death. It’s quite interesting, with a little bit of coverage for a couple of as-yet-untranslated Swedish titles and some speculation about whether Larsson was bumped off by the Swedish secret service! It may be worth listening to just to hear MacLehose’s voice – it’s magnificently patrician. You only have three days left to listen apparently…

Meanwhile, the Guardian have recorded a video interview with Spanish master Javier Marias who has just published in English the third volume of his Your Face Tomorrow trilogy. I’ve only read just over half of the first part but so far I think it deserves any plaudits it gathers. I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel that ruminates so acutely on human nature. For those that think too much is lost when novels are translated, Marias apparently prefers his epic in English translation!

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