Penny Hueston on the art of translation, her life in publishing and making a book sing.
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Penny Hueston is the co-owner with Michael Heyward of Text Publishing, one of Australia’s great independent houses. Text publishes some of the world’s most loved writers including Helen Garner, Graeme Simsion, Elena Ferrante and J.M. Coetzee. They’ve done a lot for Australian writing in general, championing books internationally and their Text Classics series has brought back many important Australian books into print, including those by Elizabeth Harrower. Penny herself is an incredibly skilled editor and translator. Her translations are by authors such as Nobel prize-winning Patrick Modiano, Sarah Cohen-Scali, Emmanuelle Pagano and Marie Darrieussecq. She’s translated six books of Marie’s including Being Here: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker for which she just received the 2020 Medal for Excellence in Translation.
Ep 92: Our Life in the Forest by Marie Darrieussecq, translated by Penny Hueston
Books On The Go
Anna and Annie discuss Women in Translation Month, started by Meytal Radzinski and now a global event (yes, it was in August but we're celebrating it year-round ;) ). In keeping with our theme, Elena Ferrante has a new book coming out in November, translated by Ann Goldstein. Our book of the week is Our Life in the Forest by Marie Darrieussecq, translated by Penny Hueston. Darrieussecq is hugely successful in France and we can see why. We loved this short novel set in the near future, with a funny, blunt narrator, spare writing and much to think about. Recommended! Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading The Pillars by Peter Polites. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The Go Email: email@example.com Instagram: @abailliekaras , @mr_annie , @readwit Twitter: @abailliekaras , @mister_annie , @bibliobio , @read_WIT Litsy: @abailliekaras , @mr_annie
Penny Hueston talks about the translating of 'The Little Jewel', a book written by Patrick Modiano. A French writer and winner of 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. Lisa Dempster talks about some of the authors and issues in this years Melbourne Writers Festival.