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Make It New: Retranslating Great Literature

When: Thursday, April 26Where: President’s Room, Faculty House, Columbia University: West 116th St. (between Amsterdam & Morningside)What time: 2:30–4 p.m. With Mary Ann Caws, Edith Grossman, Charles Martin, Mark Polizzotti; moderated by Michael ScammellFree and open to the public. No reservations. Co-sponsored by Dalkey Archive Press and The Center for Literary Translation; curated by Esther AllenNew translations of works by the likes of Tolstoy, Cervantes, Proust, and Virgil are increasingly apparent on publishers’ lists and in the hands of subway riders. What brings readers back to these works now President’s Room and what drives translators to re-create them? What are the unique challenges of retranslating a beloved classic?

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