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Why are we afraid of literature in translation?

By Matt Lewis  

© Theo Cote

On Wednesday, the Man Booker International prize was awarded to the American author Lydia Davis. She was the fourth Anglophone, and the second American, recipient in a row. In a globalised world with more, better translations than ever, why are we still so resistant to literature in a foreign language? Perhaps it is just the panel’s way of showing support for North American literature, which…

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