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Translator Relay: Allison Markin Powell

Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. For July's installment, Tess Lewis passed the baton to Allison Markin Powell, a literary translator, editor, and publishing consultant in New York City. She has worked in the editorial departments of American and Japanese book and magazine publishing, and has translated works by Osamu Dazai, Hiromi Kawakami, and...

Translator Relay: Alfred Birnbaum

Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. Stephen Snyder passed the baton to freelance translator and cultural critic Alfred Birnbaum. In addition to many of Haruki Murakami's early novels, Birnbaum has translated the work of Miyabe Miyuki, Natsuki Izekawa, and Nu Nu Yi. He also compiled the short story anthology Monkey Brain Sushi: New Tastes in Japanese...

Translator Relay: Stephen Snyder

Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. John Balcom passed the baton to Japanese translator Stephen Snyder. Snyder has translated works by writers such as Kenzaburo Oe, Ryu Murakami, Miri Yu, and Kafu Nagai, and his translation of Natsuo Kirino's Out was nominated for an Edgar Award for best mystery novel. He is also a professor of Japanese...

From the Archives: Ghosts on the Bridge

As a transition between the two parts of our double issue of Japanese writing, you might want to revisit Michael Emmerich’s essay "Beyond Between: Translations, Ghosts, Metaphors," from our May 2009 issue. Michael details the multitude of possible Japanese renderings for the word "translation," demonstrating the subtle differences between gradations of meaning; he notes that the word "translation" implies—requires—the existence of other languages, "points to itself as...
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