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Leith on language: Found in translation

"An influential translator can be the midwife to a whole canon or, for that matter, a whole national literature"

By Sam Leith   April 2017

Asterix at the Beat Club, one of the first german Asterix books ©Interfoto/Alamy Stock Photo

I was having lunch the other day with the publisher Christopher MacLehose, and we fell to talking about translation. This is not wholly unexpected: as well as having been (I discovered) PG Wodehouse’s last editor, MacLehose is a man with a career-long interest in translated fiction. He discovered Steig Larsson, and the motto of his MacLehose Press is “read the world.” I’ve been curious about whether some language communities export better than others ever…

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