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Articles tagged "Gon Ben Ari"

The Week in Translation

what: Singapore Writers Festival when: November 1-10 more info: what: The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word  when: November 4-9 more info: what: Four Voices, Two Stories Join authors Gon Ben Ari (The Sequoia Children) and Ernesto Semán (A Brave Pilot From the New China), plus their translators Yardenne Greenspan and Tara FitzGerald, for an evening of multilingual wordplay in Hebrew, Spanish, and English. These side-by-side...

The Song and the Singer: On Translating Gon Ben Ari’s \“The Sequoia Children\”

I grew up in Israel to bilingual parents. My father was born and raised in Philadelphia. My mother was born in New York City to Israeli parents. When my father speaks Hebrew he still has an accent. His Rs are soft. My mother is fluent in English and Hebrew, and makes spelling mistakes in both. I grew up in a household where we’d say things like, “Can you go to the makolet and buy some chalav?” When I started the MFA Writing program at Columbia, speaking the language...

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